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On Call With The Prairie Doc®

May 21, 2020
On Call With The Prairie Doc®

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
NPR

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
Avera

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
NPR

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
On Call with the Prairie Doc®

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
Avera

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
SDPB

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
NPR

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
Prairie Doc®

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
NPR

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
SDPB

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
SDPB

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
Avera

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

The Importance Of Good Sleep

Feb 11, 2020
Avera

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

Sleep is one of the most important parts of our health that we rarely consider unless it goes terribly wrong.  Sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy just to name a few. This is a medical disorder that affects people's sleep patterns. Symptoms and treatments vary depending on the disorder. Darla Klinger is the lead sleep technologist at Avera's Sleep Lab.

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

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.

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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. 

Lori Walsh / SDPB Radio

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.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

Holiday Superhero, The Sioux Falls Batman

Dec 24, 2018
SDPB

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.

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