long term care

Walworth County Care Center

Nursing homes in the state have had to turn away visitors for more than two months as a precaution against spreading coronavirus. It’s an emotional strain on residents, but staff are finding creative ways to keep spirits up during the pandemic.

One home in Selby is using music and social media to encourage residents and their families.

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.


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Senator Wayne Steinhauer is working to clarify regulations on assisted living and nursing homes with Senate Bill 139. He wants to encourage consolidating long-term care options and make it easier to replace a closed or out-of-date facility.

The bill allows construction of a new facility if it consolidates or merges with another long-term service provider.


Tom Syverson, COO of the Good Samaritan Society and Nate Schema, VP of Operations are with us today to discuss long-term care, reimbursement rates and how the newly organized Good Sam is working to keep facilities open.

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It’s official: Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society finalized their merge on the first of the year. Together they employ nearly 50 thousand employees across more than 20 states, providing healthcare to patients from birth to old age. But as nursing homes continue to face financial struggles in South Dakota, the organizations expect to work closely with state legislators to prevent further closures. 

The merger between Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is now set to start two months before initially scheduled. But joining two of the area’s largest employers signals a change in the healthcare industry both at home and around the country. 

Sanford Health Chief Administrative Officer Randy Bury says healthcare is an evolving industry. He says it used to be that clinics were separate from hospitals, and long-term facilities like nursing homes were separate from acute-care providers.