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.

In The Moment ... October 24, 2017 Show 205 Hour 1

November first is the first day of open enrollment with the Affordable Care Act. On October 12th, President Trump signed an executive order designed to end Obama-era reimbursements for insurers help with service to low-income consumers. We talk health insurance for South Dakotans with Jennifer Grassrope, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist for the Affordable Care Act, and Kirk Zimmer, Executive Vice President, Sanford Health Plan.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 2

 Protocols ignore patients, doctors provide healthcare rather than practice medicine, and humanity slips away in favor of the commodity that healthcare has become. Dr. Victoria Sweet is the award-winning author of “God’s Hotel.” Her new book is called “Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.”

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 1, 2017 Show 146 Hour 1

We've been looking at health insurance in the state and how the national conversation impacts you. Joining us today studios is Debra Muller. She is CEO of Avera Health Plan.

Large farming operations aren't the only ones contributing to the ag economy. That's what prompted lawmakers to change the classification for ag land for taxation purposes. SDPB's Lee Strubinger introduces us to a small acreage, high variety farmers in the Black Hills who stand to benefit from the change.

In The Moment ... July 19, 2017 Show 137 Hour 1

Rounds for Senate

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says the revised Senate healthcare overhaul bill is a step in the right direction.
The revision was released Thursday morning.
Rounds says the bill should lower the cost of healthcare while continuing to provide access for those who need it.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 28, 2017 Show 124 Hour 2

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states must create an indicator of English Language Proficiency for k-12 students. More than 80 different languages are spoken in homes across South Dakota. Some school districts have very few English language learners, but in districts like Huron, nearly 1 in 4 students speak a language other than English at home. And as the population of Sioux Falls grows and diversifies, the need for resources increases.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 3, 2017 Show 085 Hour 1

For national Small Business Week, we sit down with Sioux Falls businessman Vick Strizheus. He's an international internet entrepreneur, speaker, author and business strategist. He's founder and creator of Four Percent, a training center for modern entrepreneurs.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 2,2017 Show 084 Hour 1

To love someone is inherently risky. Poet Christine Stewart's book "Untrussed" explores the promises of love and loss. If you joined the SDPB Book Club last year, you recently discovered a copy of "Untrussed" in your mailbox. She joins us today to talk about "wonderful rejections," autobiography in poetry and more.

South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association

In The Moment ... April 21, 2017 Show 077 Hour 1

South Dakota music legend Nick Schwebach joins us as we celebrate his induction into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ll talk music and friendship as Schwebach plays live for our weekly Moment in Sound segment.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 16, 2017 Show 051 Hour 1

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Regional Health in Rapid City is announcing a multi-year renovation and expansion project.
The main hospital campus is slated to expand by about 250-thousand square feet.

Regional Health officials are calling the plans the most significant renovation and expansion project in its history.

IHS To Close Sioux San ER September 20th

Sep 13, 2016
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Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Indian Health Service officials are temporally closing the emergency room at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City.  Officials say the closure is meant to improve overall care and begin renovations on the facility. Officials do not have an immediate date for when ER services might be resumed.  

Avera To Build Cancer Center In Pierre

Aug 23, 2016

Avera Health plans to build a new cancer center in Pierre.  The Helmsley Charitable Trust donated money to pay for the facility.  

Avera’s new cancer facility is going to be named the Helmsley Center after a 10 million dollar donation from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.


The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is just one week away and roads and businesses won’t be the only places packed with bikers. Rapid City Regional Hospital officials expect the emergency room to be just as overcrowded. So, they’re advising locals to save a trip to the ER for emergencies only and choose urgent care centers whenever possible.  

After 7 Months, Rosebud Emergency Room Reopens

Jul 14, 2016

The emergency room at the Indian Health Service run Rosebud Hospital is reopening after being closed for more than seven months.

The head of IHS says this is the first of many improvements for Rosebud and other Great Plains tribal hospitals.


Federal officials shut down the Rosebud Hospital Emergency Room in December following reports of unsanitary conditions and malpractice. Since then, tribal officials say nine people have died in-route to the next nearest hospitals. That distance could be as much as 50 miles away.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he won’t call a special session of the state legislature to vote on Medicaid expansion.  

Daugaard says he has a plan that would not cost the state additional money, and guarantees the federal government will pay for Native American healthcare.

Daugaard says several legislators requested more time to study his plan for Medicaid expansion. His plan would expand coverage to 50,000 South Dakotans between the ages of 18 and 65.  

Representative Jim Bolin says there wasn’t enough support in the House to approve the governor’s plan.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Federal lawmakers hope to create institutional change at the Indian Health Service with a bill meant to protect whistleblowers, increase oversite and implement leadership changes. The bill was discussed at length in Rapid City late last week.

Several hours of testimony and hearings on what it’s like to receive care from IHS hospitals was meant to give lawmakers an idea of the culture at several Great Plains area hospitals.

Betty Ferrell, PhD., was named one of 30 visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is the author of nine books and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

The SDSU College of Nursing recently brought Ferrell to the state for a conversation about Spirituality and Ethics at the end of life. She sat down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about life, death, and mending fences.

Medical Marijuana Discussion Continues In Pierre

Mar 1, 2016

Members of a South Dakota House committee heard testimony on a bill allowing one form of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 171 allows the extract cannabidiol or CBD.


Governor Dennis Daugaard is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid this session. State officials received a letter from the federal government outlining policy changes, but the Governor says there’s not enough time in the final days of the session to fully consider the issue.  


Democratic leaders in the Statehouse say they’re optimistic about the Governor’s proposal to expand Medicaid. They say it benefits tens of thousands of South Dakotans and could transform the Indian Health Service.  

Tribal Health Board CEO: Repeal Of ACA Hurts Tribes

Dec 2, 2015
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board

U.S. Senator John Thune says he’s in favor of an effort to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act now making its way through congress. The move fulfills a promise made by many in the GOP to see the act removed.   But, President Obama is expected to veto any repeal effort.    

Some in South Dakota worry repealing the act would hurt Native Americans and those in the state who lack adequate health care coverage.

Thune says the Affordable Care Act has failed.   He supports repealing a number of provisions within the act.

Hospital In Britton Provides Critical Care

Nov 19, 2015

Thursday is Rural Health Day. In South Dakota critical access hospitals meet the needs of residents who would otherwise be a long distance away from medical care.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota has an estimated 5,500 women veterans, and VA officials are working to connect them with benefits and health care. Some women who served in the military don’t realize they have access to health services tailored to military members. An annual conference this month in Sioux Falls helps them meet other women veterans.

Christine Cagle, CDC Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Communications in the division for HIV/AIDS prevention.  She is speaking to students at the University of South Dakota about– “The New Era of HIV prevention in a changing landscape.”  She begins with an overview of what HIV and AIDS looks like today in the United States.

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Health and dental insurance premiums for Sioux Falls employees are the same now as they were 10 years ago. The details are cumbersome, but officials cite three main reasons they have managed to avoid increases. Leaders say the situation is unusual and it probably won’t last long-term.

The health plan for the City of Sioux Falls has about $14 million in claims every year. Compensation and benefits manager says, despite that price tag, employees haven’t paid higher costs for coverage for a decade.

Amy Varland

The Good Shepherd Clinic in Spearfish helps residents of the Northern Black Hills that do not have health insurance get access to basic health care services. SDPB’s Amy Varland has the story on how volunteers in South Dakota’s medical profession are lending their talents to charity.

Deadline Approaching To Apply For Healthcare

Mar 13, 2014

With just a couple weeks before the deadline, less than 10 percent of South Dakota's estimated uninsured population have signed up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. As of Tuesday, nearly 6,765 people in the state had signed up for coverage. South Dakota is one of 36 states relying on the federal website to sign up for insurance. Those without health insurance have until March 31 to enroll to avoid a penalty next year of $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater.