Jackie Hendry

Justin Snyders, Director of Operative Services, discusses other surgical innovations, UV lights, and infection control technology.

Bill Lyle is the manager of anesthesia.

Jackie Hendry

Dr. Thomas Ambrose, Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses the growing need for orthopedic services in the region and the updated robotic equipment used in surgery.

Jackie Hendry

Chad Bare, Assistant Vice President of Avera On Louise Health Campus, discusses the building and why it is necessary, patient amenities, and green efficiencies throughout the building.

Sarah Kappel, RN and Director of Patient Care Services at Avera Specialty Hospital, discusses the design of the rooms, the focus on families and amenities.


In The Moment ... September 19, 2019 Show 661 Hour 2

Hours after tornadoes touched down in Sioux Falls last week, we began hearing stories of destruction, loss, and heroism. A medical team at Avera's Heart Hospital continued an emergency operation as winds battered the building and a tornado brushed the roof. Avera's Behavioral Health facility received structural damage, calling for a new path for care for patients. 

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Todd Heitkamp is Meteorologist in Charge with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He talked with SDPB's Lori Walsh as he gathered data regarding the Sioux Falls tornado.

Gaylene Stocco and Dan Darkow own Dreamers Outlet in the strip mall at 41st Street and Kiwanis in Sioux Falls. They talk about how the tornado destroyed their business.

SDPB's Josh Haiar reports on the City of Sioux Falls tornado press briefing.

South Dakota Community Foundation

The Farm and Rural Stress Hotline through Avera Health launched in January and is now averaging up to three calls a day. The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to support the on Wednesday.

Ginger Niemann is the senior program officer with the South Dakota Community Foundation. She says the foundation was eager to support the hotline because it serves farmers and ranchers across the state who are facing a long period of difficulties that can impact mental health.

Avera Health

The National Cancer Institute announced a five-year, $3 million grant to Avera’s Walking Forward program and a team of other contributors to help aid in cancer care for American Indians in South Dakota.

Walking Forward, along with Tribal and other healthcare providers in the state, hope to improve cancer and palliative care for patients in the Oglala, Sicangu and Cheyenne River tribes.

Getting Kids Away From The Screens This Summer

May 22, 2019
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 22, 2019 Show 581 Hour 2

As kids are preparing their summer breaks and what that may look like in their minds, the adults that care for them are shaping their own thoughts. Sometimes, technology dictates what people do with their time.

Tricia Bates is a family life educator for Avera Health. She discusses the importance of children getting outside to play as opposed to sitting in front of a screen.

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Holiday Superhero, The Sioux Falls Batman

Dec 24, 2018

It’s the season of giving, and for the next couple of days, millions of Americans will celebrate Christmas. But for some families this year, the holiday season will take place in a hospital. One South Dakota man is doing his best superhero impression, to bring joy to sick children of the Mt. Rushmore State.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... November 26, 2018 Show 466 Hour 1

The annual open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Cara Act is underway. The deadline to sign up or update your plan on HealthCare.gov is December 15. (Enrollment began November 1st.)

Our guests include: Lisa Carlson, Senior director of the Sanford Health Plan, Judy McCarthy ACA Navigator from Western South Dakota Community Action, and Deb Mueller, CEO of Avera Health Plans.

The Avera Research Institute Center for Pediatric and Community Research is a recipient of the largest health research grant in state history. The National Institutes of Health is awarding just over $17 million to the center’s ECHO Program. 

ECHO stands for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes. The program is part of a national effort to examine how early childhood experiences affect a child’s development of conditions like ADHD, autism, asthma and more.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... August 30, 2018 Show 412 Hour 2

In medical research, representation is key. The needs of South Dakota children are on the map as Avera Heath announces a major grant from the National Institutes for Health. 

Amy Elliott, PhD, Chief Clinical Research Officer at the Avera Research Institute Center for Pediatric & Community Research, and Jyoti Angal, Director of Clinical Research at Avera Research Institute Center for Pediatric & Community Research joined today's In The Moment with more details about the grant. 


Adria Botella

Avera's Wallace Jackmon thinks the topic of media induced anxiety and depression is worthy of a national conversation. Dr. Jackmon has been chosen to present at the National Association of Social Workers national convention in Washington D.C. this week. He joins us with a preview.

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 ... May 23, 2018 Show 343 Hour 2

From high-expectation play-dates to AP exams, kids are excelling at an unprecedented rate. Which means some kids are falling behind. And lots of parents are worried.

NPR is taking a look at #HowToRaiseAHuman. We bring the conversation home to South Daktoa today by talking about "The Perils of Pushing Too Hard" with Larry Ling. He's a clinical social worker with Avera Health.

Avera has announced plans to build the Avera Addiction Care Center in Sioux Falls., part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Patient Care Network

Thomas Otten is Vice President of Avera Behavioral Health Services.


In The Moment ... February 27, 2018 Show 285 Hour 1

We continue our series of conversations about the prevention of mass shootings in America. Today we discuss mental health. Dr. Matt Stanley is a psychiatrist with Avera and Vice President of Avera's Behavioral Health.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 3, 2018 Show 248 Hour 1

We are mere days into the New Year, and maybe your goals for 2018 are already waning a bit. Kandace Brands is a health coach for Avera.

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 1

As Avera's President and CEO John Porter prepares for retirement, he joins us for a conversation about 44 of years redefining healthcare in the region, his thoughts on leadership, and the ever-challenging secret to a lasting marriage.

Longtime Avera CEO Announces Retirement

Dec 15, 2017
Avera Health

After 44 years with the Avera Health system, President and CEO John Porter is retiring. His tenure spanned decades of growth, including the joining of the Benedictine and Presentation health systems into Avera Health in 2000.

John Porter has a few major milestones to celebrate. After a more than four-decade career with Avera, this next year sees his 70th birthday and his 50th wedding anniversary. After reflecting with his wife, Porter says that's why now seems like the perfect time to move on.

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.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 22, 2017 Show 226 Hour 2

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nearly 45,000 people die from it each year. In the last 15 years, the rate of suicide has increased almost 25 percent. Joining us to talk about recent efforts in South Dakota for research, prevention, and intervention is Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President for Avera's Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line.

In The Moment ... November 13, 2017 Sh0w 218 Hour 2 

Avera Health recently partnered with the University of Sioux Falls to plan a poverty simulation for healthcare professionals. Paula Lubeck is a nursing simulation coordinator at Avera. Nick Schwedhelm is an accelerated nursing student at USF.

We talk empathy, professional development, and the realities many among us face on a daily basis.

Cara Hetland

In The Moment ... November 1, 2017 Show 211 Hour 2

Katie Wolf is the founder and executive director of Friends for Health in Haiti. This project began in 2006. She joins the show today to expand on this. More information and donations can be made by clicking on this link.

Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer of Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Casey Finnicum, Doctoral Research Intern discuss the Avera Twin Register and Studying the microbiome.

Cara Hetland

In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 hour 1

SDPB's Cara Hetland brings you an update on the Cancer Moonshot from South Dakota researchers and physicians. The Cancer Action Network hosted an event in Sioux Falls on October 4 to discuss progress. Cara Hetland is host of In the Moment's Innovation and SDPB's Director of Radio.


In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 1

Welcome to October, when the leaves turn golden and the world turns a fairer shade of pink. Today we talk innovations in breast cancer treatment, and if you live in rural South Dakota, the latest might be of particular interest to the women you care about. Joining us is Dr Julie Reiland, breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care.

Tom Dempster

In The Moment ... September 20, 2017 Show 181 Hour 1

Tom Dempster likes to talk with his friends and share those conversations with SDPB.  He is a Director of IFAM Capital, and has held elected office for seventeen years, nine years as a Minnehaha County Commissioner, and eight years as a SD State Senator where he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the State Affairs Committee.


In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Retired Brigadier General Robert Benson. You can hear him speak about his more than 30-year career with the South Dakota National Guard this weekend as part of the South Dakota Veterans forum. That's 9 a.m. to 11, mountain time at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Richard Holm is host and creator of On Call With the Prairie Doc. He joins us to preview tonight's program on SDPB-TV with the theme of dental care for the elderly.