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Jackie Hendry

Every morning behind the Turtle Creek Crossing grocery store just west of Mission, South Dakota, a growing group of young people plants the seeds of a healthier community. The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation—or REDCO—is the largest employer of interns on the Rosebud Reservation. Most of their interns work in the community garden. 

Jackie Hendry

Officials with Avera health hope their new hospital on 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls becomes more than a place for patients to receive care. They’re looking to make it a gathering place for a growing community

The new hospital is set to open next year, and will include operating rooms, addiction care, a meditation room and a restaurant. The $130 million undertaking is the most expensive construction project in the history of Sioux Falls. But for now, steel beams and concrete floors only hint at what’s to come.

South Dakota’s rural communities often lack resources to combat drug and alcohol addiction. Thanks to a new grant, Avera Health is looking to expand its telehealth services in some under-served areas. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding Avera a $750,000  grant to expand its addiction recovery services. The project starts with the Avera clinics in Flandreau and Aberdeen.

Malia Holbeck is the outpatient manager for Avera’s addiction recovery program. She says telemedicine can help bridge the gap for areas that lack certain services.

In The Moment ... June 14, 2018 Show 358 Hour 1

Tonight on On Call with the Prairie Doc, Dr. Richard Holm discusses the "Great Mysteries of Life."

He joins SDPB's Lori Walsh on In The Moment for his weekly preview.

South Dakota Suicide Rates Increasing

Jun 8, 2018
NBC News

Suicide numbers in South Dakota have increased substantially in recent years. According to a recent report from the Centers For Disease Control, the state's suicide rates have increased 44.5 percent between 1999 and 2016. Experts say there are a number of factors responsible. 

Suicide rates have been climbing nationally for a number of years but even higher rates have been seen throughout the Midwest. Doctor Randy Quevillon is the USD department chair of Psychology. He says rural areas see the highest density of suicides.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 5, 2018 Show 351 Hour 1

If you know someone with a serious mental illness, odds are you know someone who is slipping through the cracks when it comes to standard American health care and chronic disease.  A recent report in the New York Times indicates those with serious mental illness die 15-30 years younger than those without.

It's a startling statistic with complicated contributing factors.  South Dakota healthcare providers are facing the challenge with innovations in screening and treatment.

Find Your Retirement Community

Jun 5, 2018
Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 5, 2018 Show 351 Hour 1

What are you looking for in a retirement community?

Retirment communities in Sioux Falls are hosting a city-wide open house this Thursday from 1:00-6:00 p.m.

SDPB's Lori Walsh visits with Sonja Niles, Sales and Marketing Director for Primrose Retirement Community, Jason Honey, Marketing Director for Trail Ridge, and Shauna Welker, Business Development Representative for The Inn on Westport.

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In The Moment ... June 4, 2018 Show 350 Hour 2

The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum housed nearly 400 Native inmates from across the U.S. during its 30 years of operation. It was a keystone of federal Indian policy in the early 1900s. However, more than half of the residents died of curable diseases.

Anne Dilenschneider and Jerry Fogg are South Dakota Humanities Council Scholars and Keepers of the Canton Native Asylum story.

Bob Sutton Named New CEO of Avera Health

Jun 1, 2018
Avera Health

Avera Health is welcoming its first new CEO is more than 40 years. The organization announces Bob Sutton as the successor to retiring CEO John Porter.  

Bob Sutton is a South Dakota native, current president of the Board of Regents, and has held a variety of positions within the Avera system since he was first hired in 20-13. His most recent position was Executive Vice President of Human Resources.

In The Moment ... May 31, 2018 Show 348 Hour 2

Statistics show that 1 in every 4 deaths are related to heart disease. That's about 610,000 people annually. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Joining us to talk about this is the Prairie Doc, Dr. Richard Holm.

In The Moment ... May 16, 2018 Show 338 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm provides some interested thoughts on near death experiences during his weekly visit on In The Moment.

Tune in to On Call with the Prairie Doc - Thursdays on SDPB-TV.

 

USD Center for Disabilities Establishes Oyate' Circle

May 14, 2018
www.usd.edu

The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities is launching an educational outreach effort focused on Native Americans with disabilities. The Oyate’ Circle will host educational workshops in tribal communities. 

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and has more than 20 years of experience running disability-focused training groups in San Diego, California. He’s been hired to lead the new program, and says he’s excited to help his own tribe and others in the state.

Anti-Cancer Living

May 3, 2018
stcathmont.org

In The Moment ... May 3, 2018 Show 329 Hour 1

Can excess stress sabotage your healthy habits? How does a deep sense of well-being impact gene signaling in the human body?

A new book looks at the role of cancer in our lives in a new way. The authors say you can reduce your risk of getting cancer and improve your chance of surviving cancer by making six fundamental changes in your lifestyle.

The book is called Anti-Cancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health With the Mix of Six.

 

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Management of the Rapid City Indian Health Services Hospital is in the early stages of transferring from the federal government to area tribes. The Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Rosebud Sioux Tribes all authorize the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board to operate the facility. 

The Sioux San hospital is a secondary care unit for members of those three tribes. Poor federal inspection results and last year’s proposed closure of the inpatient and emergency departments prompted the tribes to investigate other management options.

Avera Health

Avera Health plans to build an Addiction Care Center on its new campus at 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls. Avera psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Stanley says an estimated 10%-15% of the general population struggles with some kind of chemical dependency. 

Sanford Health

Dr. Gene Hoyme participated in a study with results recently published in JAMA. The study began in 2010 and spanned six years. Researchers interviews first grade students in different communities around the United States to look for children on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder spectrum. Sioux Falls is the Midwestern community listed in the research.  Dr. Hoyme says the prevalence rate for FASD is as high as 5%. He says FASD is completely preventable and is caused by women drinking while pregnant.

Dr. Jose Teixeira – a cardiologist with Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute discusses the Watchman device.  This is a new procedure in the Black Hills. The Watchman is an alternative for patients with AFib (not caused by heart valve problem) keeping patients off lifelong use of blood thinners. The implant reduces the risk of stroke and can eliminate regular blood tests as well as food/drink restrictions that come with taking blood thinners. 

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 2 

Deanna Larson is CEO of Avera eCare. She joins us for a conversation about innovations in rural healthcare and why relationships are key in telemedicine.

In The Moment ... November 9, 2017 Show 217 Hour 2

This week, we preview Dr. Holm's weekly television program on SDPB-TV with a conversation about dementia.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is releasing reports that led to their decision to cut ties with the Indian Health Service hospital in Pine Ridge.

CMS placed the hospital on “Immediate Jeopardy” late last week.

CMS found the hospital failed to comply with standards they set for providing care. The organization made the “Immediate Jeopardy” designation after the third of three unannounced visits to the Pine Ridge IHS hospital.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The cost for individual health insurance is going up in South Dakota following an executive order from the Trump Administration rolling back cost-sharing payments.

Those payments back insurance companies who lose money by insuring individuals on the exchange.

The rollback will impact the ten percent of South Dakotans who get healthcare from the exchange.

Kirk Zimmer is the executive Vice President for Sanford Health Plan.

Rapid City Collective Impact

Last month, grocery distributor SpartanNash announced it will close three grocery stores in Rapid City in October.

According to a food security group in the city, that will create critical gaps in food availability to neighborhoods north of downtown.

In April, Mary Corbine started analyzing income levels and walking distances to grocery stores in Rapid City. Then in July,  SpartanNash officials announced they would close two Family Thrift grocery stores, and the Prairie Market grocery store.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, South Dakota had as many as 17 individual health insurance providers. Now the state has two, Avera and Sanford.

Conservative state leaders say that happened because Obamacare forced insurers out of the marketplace.

However, the CEO of Avera Health Plans says the state’s market isn’t big enough to host 17 individual health providers.

“Before the Affordable Care Act, South Dakota had 17 insurers offering individual health insurance policies. Now we just have two,” says Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Indian Health Service is permanently closing the Sioux San Hospital’s emergency room and inpatient services.

IHS must report to Congress at least one year prior to the date they intend to close the facility.

In a press release, IHS says it will terminate emergency room and overnight, inpatient services by July of 2018.

IHS’s emergency room temporarily closed in September last year.  Those seeking emergency room care were referred to the nearby Rapid City Regional Hospital. It never reopened.

Rounds: Senate GOP Still Working To Overhaul ACA

Jul 20, 2017
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

Following a lengthy meeting at the White House Wednesday night, South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says Senate Republicans came to a broad agreement on overhauling the Affordable Care Act.

Another revised version of the Senate’s healthcare bill was released Thursday morning.

Rounds says debate on a revised Senate bill should come next week.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

For about a decade the rate of uninsured Native American children in South Dakota declined by almost fifty percent. In the same period, the rate of uninsured adults went up.

That’s according to a recent study out of Georgetown University, which finds South Dakota is one of two states in the country where that happened.

According to a nationwide study of health insurance coverage rates from 2008 to 2015, the uninsured rate for American Indian and Alaska Native children and families has declined.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Schools and producers are working to feed kids with local crops. A federal grant worth $24,158 helps educate stakeholders on the Farm to School movement. The project brings local ingredients to school food programs.

Farm to Table restaurants aim to bring local foods directly to diners. Schools have a similar program to connect students with products raised nearby.

Sandra Kangas is the South Dakota Department of Education’s director of Child and Adult Nutrition Services. She says Farm to School improves access to local foods.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota authorities have taken 500-thousand dollars’ worth of a dangerous drug off the street. Tuesday Chamberlain Police and the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant. They found 20,000 fentanyl pills.

Fentanyl has real medical uses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that doctors prescribe the synthetic opioid to ease pain after surgery or alleviate chronic pain. People addicted to drugs may use fentanyl that’s manufactured for medicine.

Kealey Bultena

A treatment developed at Sanford Research is in clinical trial to help kids with a debilitating genetic condition. The FDA fast-tracked the study in part because the condition progresses quickly and children die.

Six patients are part of the Batten Disease trial. One family from the Midwest has a child treated.

Beth and Bryan live in Minnesota. At four years old, their son Blake struggled with fine motor skills. They incorporated occupational therapy. Then Blake needed speech therapy. Then his gross motor skills deteriorated, and he needed physical therapy.

Earlier this year Rapid City Regional Hospital announced they’d no longer accept patients suffering from mental illness when they’re at capacity.

Instead, they would go to jail.

That’s causing the hospital, Pennington County Sheriff’s office and Rapid City police department, among various other organizations, to come up with other solutions to tackle the issue.

The West River Behavioral Health Alliance held its second meeting Wednesday to discuss what options are on the table.

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