Avera

Jackie Hendry

COVID-19 case counts and hospitalization rates in the Sioux Falls area are continuing to rise. Representatives from Sanford and Avera say they need the public’s help to keep them from being overwhelmed.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken maintains his office will not pursue a mask mandate, but he says the need to slow the spread stretches beyond city limits.

Mayor TenHaken has strong words on the issue of masks:

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South Dakota is seeing its highest COVID-19 hospitalization numbers so far. While state health officials insist there’s plenty of capacity statewide, some patients are being diverted hours away from home—and even out of state.

John Bjorkman lives in De Smet. He tested positive for COVID-19 last week and ended up in the hospital on Sunday. There, he took a turn for the worse.

“[I was] really working hard for every breath I could get," he says. "So on Tuesday morning, the nurse practitioner called Sioux Falls and visited with them, and they had no beds available.”

Covid-19 Update With Dr. Chad Thury

Sep 21, 2020
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In The Moment … September 21, 2020 Show 906 Hour 2

South Dakota has now reported more than 18,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 15,600 people have recovered. The people of North Dakota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota have the highest risk in the nation right now, per capita. And we are learning more every week about how this virus is spread, how to contain that spread, and how to survive the more damaging aspects of the disease.   Today we check in with Dr. Chad Thury. He is Avera Health's Regional Director of Clinical Quality and a Family Medicine Physician. 

Covid-19 Update With Dr. Jason Knutson

Aug 31, 2020
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In The Moment … August 31, 2020 Show 892 Hour 1

South Dakota saw record COVID-19 case increases multiple times last week. We now welcome Dr. Jason Knutson, a family medicine physician with Avera Medical Group. He'll walk us through the COVID news from last week and give some guidance for parents navigating this unique back-to-school time.  

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

Avera St. Luke's to Offer Robotic Orthopedic Surgeries

Aug 27, 2020

Patients in northeast South Dakota have a new option for joint operations. Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen is the first facility in the area to offer robotic orthopedic surgeries.

Total knee replacements are expected to increase by 189% in the next ten years nationwide, according to a statement from Avera. St. Luke’s can now offer robotic knee and hip surgeries.  

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In The Moment … July 30, 2020 Show 870 Hour 1

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Jawad Nazir

Jul 20, 2020
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In The Moment … July 20, 2020 Show 862 Hour 2

Each week we welcome local healthcare professionals to give us an update on COVID-19. What's the latest guidance...what do the numbers tell us...and really, what do we know now that we didn't know last week? Today we welcome Dr. Jawad Nazeer. Dr. Nazir is an infectious disease specialist with Avera Medical Group and joins us today by phone. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Dr. Jason Knutsen Bring Us A COVID-19 Update

Jun 29, 2020
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In The Moment … June 29, 2020 Show 848 Hour 1

South Dakota has recorded our first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in a child. Research scientists are learning more about the tentacles of Sars-CoV-2, and cities across the nation are grappling with opening up, surges in cases, and locking back down.  It's time for our weekly check-in on what we know about COVID-19 here in South Dakota. Joining us this week is Dr. Jason Knutson, a Family Medicine Physician with Avera. Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City 

Summer Travel During The Pandemic

Jun 16, 2020
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In The Moment … June 16, 2020 Show 839 Hour 2

As with everything these days, it seems we have to find ways of doing things more safely. Traveling this summer is no exception and if you should choose to do so, there are steps you can take to make that journey safer. Dr. Leah Prestbo is an internal medicine physician with Avera and she joins us to discuss those steps.

Avera Talks "Antibody Testing"

Jun 10, 2020
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In The Moment … June 10, 2020 Show 835 Hour 2

A direct-to-consumer blood test available through Avera QuickLab locations and various Avera clinics may detect whether someone has been exposed to COVID-19. What exactly does this mean and what might the benefits be? Dr. David Basel is a physician and Vice President for Clinical Quality with Avera Medical Group, he joins us today to explain.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Farmers & Producers In Crisis

Jun 9, 2020

In The Moment … June 9, 2020 Show 834 Hour 2

The disruption in the supply food chain has been an issue for South Dakota producers, particularly pork producers. The physical and emotional stress placed on these individuals is real.  Joining us today is Karl Oehlke, he's a physician assistant with Avera Medical Group/University Psychiatry Associates. He's also a 3rd generation farmer.  

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Avera's Dr. Basel Brings Us A COVID-19 Update

Jun 8, 2020
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In The Moment … June 8, 2020 Show 833 Hour 1

Each week we turn to local healthcare leaders to discuss the latest information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Today we hear from Dr. David Bazzle. He's the Vice President for Clinical Quality with Avera Medical Group. he's also a pediatrician and internal medicine physician. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

 

On Call With The Prairie Doc®

May 21, 2020
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In The Moment … May 21, 2020 Show 822 Hour 2

On Call with the Prairie Doc® is on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 central 6 mountain. Tonight's episode is Current Urology Treatments. Dr. Andrew Ellsworth is with Avera Medical Group in Brookings and is one of the Prairie Doc® physicians. He joins us with a preview.

 

Avera Has Expanded Nursing Home Testing

May 21, 2020
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In The Moment … May 21, 2020 Show 822 Hour 2

The federal government has called for testing of long-term care and skilled nursing home residents and staff. Long-term care facilities have faced difficult challenges mitigating the virus. Data now suggest at least 20 percent of the U.S. COVID-19 death toll is from nursing home related infections. Joseph Rees, DO, is a geriatrician and Avera eCARE® Senior Care Medical Officer. He joins us today to talk about what testing means for Avera facilities and how the process is set to unfold. 

Dr. Kevin Post: COVID-19 Update

May 8, 2020
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In The Moment … May 8, 2020 Show 813 Hour 2

As Americans reach for a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, scientists and medical professionals search for the kind of insight and solutions that could create breakthroughs large and small in the fight against the novel coronavirus.  Kevin Post is chief medical officer with the Avera Medical Group. He joins us with an update on research and clinical trials. 

Dr. David Basel Explains "Surge Modeling"

May 5, 2020
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In The Moment … May 5, 2020 Show 810 Hour 1

Since we first learned of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, Americans have been focused on models for disease progression. We learned how our behavior could "flatten the curve," meaning keep more people healthy for longer so health care workers could prepare for surges at local hospitals.  Surge modeling has not been without controversy or confusion. Dr. David Basel is vice president for Clinical Quality with Avera Medical Group. He joins us to help us understand what the models are telling us.  

On Call with the Prairie Doc®

Apr 30, 2020
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In The Moment ... April 30, 2020 Show 807 Hour 2

On Call with the Prairie Doc® is on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 Central 6 Mountain. Tonight's show is up to you as it's an Ask Anything episode. Dr. Jill Kruse with Avera is a member of the team of Prairie Doc® physicians and hosts tonight's show. She joins us now with a preview.

 

Avera: A COVID-19 Update

Apr 27, 2020
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In The Moment ... April 27, 2020 Show 804 Hour 2

From antibody testing to the power of the personal mask, we continue to learn more about  Sars-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Joining us today for our weekly update about the virus, Dr. Kevin Post is chief medical officer with the Avera Medical Group.

 

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

News: Apr 18 - 24

Apr 24, 2020
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In this week's In the Moment news, Senator Rounds joins us, Chuck Parkinson & Frontline's Miles O'Brien talk the Government's response, Avera answers questions about at home care, and more.

 

On Call with the Prairie Doc®

Apr 23, 2020
On Call with the Prairie Doc®

In The Moment ... April 23, 2020 Show 802 Hour 2

On Call with the Prairie Doc® is on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 central 6 mountain. Tonight's episode is on the science of treating COVID-19. This show aims to help you better understand vaccine development for COVID-19 along with the drugs that are being studied. Prairie Doc® physician Kelly Evans-Hullinger is an internal medicine doctor with Avera Medical group and she is the host of this evening's show and joins us by phone with a preview.

 

Supportive Care At Home

Apr 21, 2020
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In The Moment ... April 21, 2020 Show 800 Hour 2

For most of us, if we are infected with the novel coronavirus, we will be able to take care of ourselves at home, without a trip to the hospital. But that means we have to figure out how to provide supportive care at home, including ways to prevent the spread of a highly contagious virus to the people we live with.  For help with that, we welcome Rhonda Wiering, director of Clinical Growth and Innovation with Avera@Home.

Prairie Doc® Preview With Dr. Jill Kruse

Apr 9, 2020
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In The Moment ... April 9, 2020 Show 792 Hour 2

On Call with the Prairie Doc® is on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 central 6 mountain. Tonight's episode asks you, Are you Prepared for Long Term Care? Dr. Jill Kruse is a doctor of osteopathic medicine with Avera and a member of the team of Prairie Doc® physicians. She joins us today with a preview of tonight's show.

 

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Mental Health Pandemic

Apr 8, 2020
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In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

As America faces the coronavirus pandemic, many also warn of a mental health pandemic. As South Dakotans face the intense disruption of their lives, they also face isolation and anxiety. Dr. Matt Stanley is a psychiatrist with Avera Health. He is the clinical Vice President of the Behavioral Health Services Line. He joining us to talk about how people with ongoing needs are still engaged in mental health care and services and how people seeking help for the first time are being served. 

 

Avera Homemade Masks Project

Mar 27, 2020

In The Moment ... March 27, 2020 Show 783 Hour 2

In times of crisis, South Dakotans are naturally inclined to spring into action and be of assistance. Dzenan Berberovic is Chief Philanthropy Officer at Avera Health. Stacey Erickson is Vice President of Quality and Data Integration. They join us to talk about how Avera is encouraging community members to help. 

Learn more at averabalance.org

Avera Now Testing In-House

Mar 27, 2020

In The Moment ... March 27, 2020 Show 783 Hour 2

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, testing has been key to slow the spread of COVID-19. It's also become key to a certain peace of mind for South Dakotans. Today we're talking about coronavirus testing done in-house at Avera and how the health system was poised to respond to the need because of existing infrastructure and expertise.

Gareth Davies, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics, and Dr. Michelle Bleile is the Medical Director for the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.

Avera Chief Med Officer Talks COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020
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In The Moment ... March 16, 2020 Show 774 Hour 2

The situation with Coronavirus in South Dakota is changing rapidly, as expected. Here for an update, we welcome Dr. Kevin Post. He's Chief Medical Officer with Avera Medical Group. 

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

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An international online clinical journal recently published research that reveals major findings that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Past studies have looked into the risk caused by smoking alone or drinking alone during pregnancy.

South Dakota’s three largest healthcare systems are announcing new visitor policies and other precautions against the spread of coronavirus. All new procedures take effect within the next week. 

Monument Health, Sanford and Avera released statements on their responses to COVID-19 on Thursday.

Innovation: Advances In Cancer Care

Feb 28, 2020
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If you have a loved one with cancer, you wait with anticipation for the next big advance in cancer treatment. And if you live far away from hospitals with access to those latest advancements, you agonize over decisions about travel and expense, risk and potential benefit. 

Today we look at advances in cancer care right here at home, including cellular therapy. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Feb 11, 2020
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In The Moment ... February 11, 2020 Show 751 Hour 2

Seasonal Affective Disorder, it usually starts in the late fall and early winter but disappears in the spring and summer. Malia Holbeck is the manager of Avera Outpatient Behavioral Health. She joins us today to discuss this seasonal form of depression.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

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