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Having a Baby During COVID is Mostly the Same…

20 hours ago
The Bies family

What is it like to welcome a baby into the world during a pandemic? SDPB's Lura Roti visits with newborn Charlie Bies's parents, grandparents and doctor to find out.

Four-days old in this recording, Charlie Bies won’t understand until he’s much older, but he was born during an unprecedented time. And unlike the experience his big sister, Adelaide had when she was born nearly two years ago, many of those who love him, have not been able to cuddle him yet. 

 

Dr. Wendell Hoffman With A COVID-19 Update

May 11, 2020
Sanford Health

In The Moment … May 11, 2020 Show 814 Hour 2

Testing Without COVID-19 Symptoms a Matter of Supplies

Apr 24, 2020

State health officials say up to a quarter of people who test positive for COVID-19 will show NO symptoms. Some organizations are doing widespread testing to prevent those people from spreading the virus. But the state Department of Health will only test people with symptoms. 

The difference comes down to a matter of supplies.

Dr. Wendell Hoffman / COVID-19 update

Apr 20, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 2

With the pandemic hitting South Dakota just over a month ago, what do we know now that we didn't know then? Each week we have been asking that question and answering any questions that you may have. Dr. Wendell Hoffman is an infectious disease doctor with Sanford Health.

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

fda.gov

South Dakota is launching the first statewide trial of a possible treatment for COVID-19 in the nation. The trial drug typically treats malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.   

President Donald Trump has pointed to hydroxychloroquine as a potential therapeutic for COVID-19, though its effectiveness has not yet been confirmed.

Governor Noem says she’s been asking the president and other members of his administration to allow South Dakota to launch a statewide trial. This weekend, the state received a shipment of the drug.

COVID-19 Questions With Dr. Hoffman

Mar 30, 2020
Sanford Health

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 1

South Dakota Public Broadcasting welcomes your questions about coronavirus and the disease it causes COVID-19. You can text your questions to 605-956-SDPB. Email us at inthemoment@sdpb.org. Today Dr. Wendell Hoffman returns to the problem to answer some of the questions we've gathered so far. He's a specialist in infectious diseases from Sanford Health. 

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

South Dakota Healthcare, Caring And Cautious

Mar 18, 2020
NPR

There has been an increase in the amount of people who have reached out to healthcare professionals in South Dakota. As of lunch hour on Wednesday, more than 900 South Dakotans have been tested for COVID-19. The number of pending tests jumped from 35 on Tuesday to 350 on Wednesday as the state waits for supplies to continue processing results.

Healthcare professionals are continuing to urge “social distancing” as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19.

It doesn’t mean you have to stay home, but specialists say avoiding crowds can make a big difference in slowing the spread of the virus.

Dr. Jennifer Hsu is an infectious disease physician with Sanford Health. She says COVID-19—like all other respiratory illnesses—is typically spread through large droplets.

Sanford Health

Health experts say COVID 19 is here to stay.  Dr. Wendell Hoffman is an Infectious Disease Specialist with Sanford Health. He says that it will become one of several viruses physicians will test for.  He says there are short term and long-term preparations that need to be in place for the coronavirus as well as the flu and common cold.  He says the public can be confident the health care systems are prepared.

 

 

Dr. Hoffman Talks COVID-19

Mar 11, 2020
Sanford Health

In The Moment ... March 11, 2020 Show 771 Hour 1

The South Dakota Department of Health has announced the first confirmed cases of COVID-19. And though most South Dakotans were not surprised by the announcement, now is the time to remind you about basic preparedness.  Dr. Wendell Hoffman is an infectious disease doctor with Sanford Health. He joins us to talk about the virus, when to call your doctor, and precautions that help the most vulnerable among us. 

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

Lifestyles That Prevent Heart Disease

Feb 27, 2020
Sanford Health

In The Moment ... February 27, 2020 Show 762 Hour 1

February is American Heart Month. It is a time to motivate yourself and others to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. And research shows that we can be more successful at meeting personal health goals when we join forces with others.

Are you already on track? Maybe you need information on how to take those first few baby steps. 

To help us take action or continue our good work, and also visit about recent research and advances, is Dr. Kelly Steffen with Sanford Health cardiology services.

Fighting Cancer With Keytruda

Jan 14, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... January 14, 2020 Show 733 Hour 2

Over the past several decades, cancer deaths have declined steadily. Sanford Health was part of the clinical trial of Keytruda which is a type of immunotherapy and works with one's immune system to help fight certain cancers. 

Dr. Steven Powell is an oncologist with Sanford Health and was heavily involved with these trials, he joins us today to tell us more.

Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... December 5, 2019 Show 713 Hour 1

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The FDA has awarded Breakthrough Device designation for a Stent Graft System for the treatment of a thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm. The device was created by Dr. Patrick Kelly – he’s a vascular surgeon and inventor and leads Sanford Health Commercialization.

Support for technology and innovation reporting comes from SDN Communications, your business broadband provider. Learn more at sdncommunications.com

State of South Dakota

Sanford Health and Avera Health will now offer health insurance coverage options for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for 2020.

ABA therapy is considered one of the most effective therapies for children with autism. Without coverage, one year of ABA therapy can cost families up to $100,000.

Deb Muller is the CEO of Avera Health Plan. She explains earlier this year, South Dakota added ABA therapy to its Essential Health Benefits benchmark plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... September 24, 2019 Show 665 Hour 2

    Report child abuse or neglect.

Call 1-877-244-0864

DSS Intake Specialists will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If reporting before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., on the weekends or during a holiday, please contact local law enforcement.
Always call 911 if a child is in immediate danger!

The Dangers Of Vaping

Aug 30, 2019
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 30, 2019 Show 649 Hour 1

The state of North Carolina is suing manufacturers of e-cigarettes and vaping products. In South Dakota, state epidemiologist Josh Clayton says a gap in data regarding e-cigarette use among the state's young people can create challenges for policy makers and public health officials. 

The products have been on the market for about 10 years and their popularity is increasing dramatically.

SDPB

New health guidelines say more women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer. Megan Bell is a genetic counselor at Sanford Health, she discusses the latest guidelines.

Support for technology and innovation reporting comes from SDN Communications, your business broadband provider. Learn more at sdncommunications.com

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Some of the top young triple jump and javelin-throwing athletes in the country flocked to Sioux Falls over the weekend to work on improving their overall skill sets. The Sanford Sports Science Institute and the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation partnered together for the third year in a row to bring both a javelin throwing and triple jump clinic to the Sioux Empire. 

SDPB

In The Moment ... August 9, 2019 Show 634 Hour 2

Tom Pukstys is at the Sanford Fieldhouse this week as Sanford Health is conducting research and development of future olympic hopefuls. Pukstys is a six-time U.S. javelin champion and a two-time Olympian.

The Sanford Sport Science Institute and the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation are hosting clinics and testing. It's the third year that the clinics are being held in Sioux Falls.

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... August 6, 2019 Show 631 Hour 2

In conjunction with nationwide efforts to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week in South Dakota. This year's theme is "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding."

The South Dakota Department of Health invites businesses to take an online pledge to support nursing mothers. The department also offers Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grants.

Health Department official Megan Hlavacek joins In The Moment along with Therese Marlette of Sanford Health.

Sanford

Clinics and universities around the country are in the early stages of testing if stem cells can be used to treat osteoarthritis in the knee.  Sanford Health is one of the hospitals involved in the study and will test a group of around 120 patients.

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that occurs when the cartilage on the end of bones degrades over time, causing the bones to make contact. 

Dr. Chad Kurtenbach is an orthopedic surgeon with Sanford Health.  He says arthritis tends to happen naturally as people get older but can be accelerated by injuries and trauma.

Sanford

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 1

Imagine your doctor says you have a disease so rare that maybe you've never even heard of it. You can't take home a glossy brochure or join a local support group. You feel isolated, frightened, and adrift.

How do you begin to understand your disease and ways to be your own advocate?

Ben Forred is director of clinical research at Sanford Health. He details connecting the rare disease community at a local level.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 28, 2019 Show 583 Hour 2

Sanford Health is hosting the National Institutes of Health's "All of Us Journey." The exhibit aims to gather genetic, biological, environmental, health and lifestyle data from more than one million volunteer participants in the U.S.

Francisco Huizar is the exhibit's tour manager. He's joined by Emily Griese, population health director for Sanford Health. 

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

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 16, 2019 Show 577 Hour 1

May is national stroke awareness month. Dr. Jerome Freeman is a neurology specialist with Sanford Health. He joins us today to break down what stroke is and the fact that getting medical attention quickly is important.

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

Jackie Hendry

More than 113,000 people were on the national organ transplant waiting list at the start of 2019. On Wednesday night, Sanford Health in Sioux Falls hosted a flag-raising ceremony to honor organ donors and recipients. 

Laurie Jensen is the director of five Sanford Clinics in the area. In 2017, she learned one of the nurses on her staff needed a kidney and was running out of options. Jensen—who was 60 years old at the time—decided to look into the donation process. She assumed she would be too old. 

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 5, 2019 Show 528 Hour 2

The overall rates of colon cancer are going down, even as the rate of colon cancer among people under the age of 50 is showing an increase. Dr. Dan Heinemann with Sanford Health joined us for a look at how getting over your hesitation to talk to your doctor about colon cancer might just save your life.

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

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 11, 2019 Show 513 Hour 1

Moving across country for someone else's career opportunity can challenge any relationship. Now a program seeks to make that transition a bit easier by helping spouses and partners find work in South Dakota.

Jonathan Goehring, lead executive recruiter for Sanford Health, joins In The Moment to explain.

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. 

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.

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