Sanford Health

The leader of Sanford Health says he’s confident about continuing a relationship with the organization's philanthropic namesake, T. Denny Sanford. 

  • How is a $300 million dollar donation to Sanford Health set to transform medicine in rural areas? It begins by educating the physicians and specialists of the future. We're joined today by Sanford Health CEO Bill Gassen.
  • FRONTLINE's "Death Is Our Business" explores the role of Black funeral homes in New Orleans during the time of COVID-19. We look at grief, loss, and celebration.
  • We check in with the airport in Sioux Falls for a look at new flights, pandemic protocols, and travel over Spring break.

March 8, 2021 Show 1003.

  • Sanford Health brings us a COVID-19 Update.


  • We listen back to a conversation with José-Marie Griffiths, she's the president of Dakota State University in Madison.


  • Images of the Past tells us why you no longer see bears in the Black Hills.


In The Moment … January 27th, 2021 Show 979 Hour 2

You Mail Them Your DNA ... What Really Happens?

Dec 15, 2020

In The Moment … December 15, 2020 Show 961 Hour 2

There has been a push to provide your DNA to find out more about your family history. How should we view this invitation, and what really happens to that DNA once it's provided?

Guest: Megan Bell, genetics counselor with Sanford Health

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

The state’s three major health systems and more than two dozen other organizations are partnering to promote masks as a prevention measure against COVID-19.

The phrase "Mask Up SoDak" is unveiled as South Dakota sets a record for COVID hospitalizations.

One of South Dakota’s largest healthcare providers is merging with an out-of-state system. Sanford Health plans to merge with Intermountain Healthcare, a system serving Idaho, Utah and Nevada.

The CEO of Intermountain will eventually take over for Sanford’s Kelby Krabbenhoft.

Sanford Health president and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft is planning to retire in a few years. After more than two decades overseeing the Sioux-Falls based health system, he’d already made plans for his successor. Then, he met the president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare.

Sanford Chief Medical Officer on COVID-19 Response

Oct 1, 2020

Dr. Mike Wilde is Chief Medical Officer with Sanford Health. He spoke with SDPB's Jackie Hendry about the system's ongoing COVID-19 response and addressed concerns about hospital capacity. 

This interview was recorded on Monday 9/28/20.

Jackie Hendry:

Avera and Sanford Respond to Capacity Concerns

Sep 28, 2020

Local health providers say individual hospital capacity is not the best metric for gauging responses to COVID-19. After reports of deferred patients spread on social media, leaders from both Avera and Sanford say their surge plans are adequate and they have enough staff. But there are ways the public can help. 

There’s a simple reason Sanford and Avera are not publicly releasing their daily hospital capacity: to reduce confusion.

Dr. David Basel is the Vice President of Clinical Quality for Avera Medical Group.


The three major healthcare systems in South Dakota all agree—masks help slow the spread of COVID 19.

Each system requires a mask to enter its hospitals and clinics. They all recommend that people wear a mask in public, especially when social distancing is not possible.

However, there are some political leaders who still aren’t sure.

President Donald Trump has questioned masks. He’s refused to wear them in public, until recently. In fact, now, he occasionally mentions them.

Meet the Candidates: Doug Barthel

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 15, 2020 Show 859 Hour 1

Doug Barthel is a former police chief with the Sioux Falls Police Department and is now a community relations specialist at Sanford Health. He's also a candidate for South Dakota's House of Representatives representing District 10 which includes parts of Minnehaha county. He joins us today as part of our Meet the Candidates series.


Having a Baby During COVID is Mostly the Same…

Jun 18, 2020
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

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

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 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

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

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


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.

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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

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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.


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.

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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.