Health

Avera Sacred Heart Buys Yankton Hospital For $13.2M

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has purchased Yankton’s Lewis and Clark Specialty Hospital for nearly $13.2 million. The Yankton Press & Dakotan reports the hospital deal became effective Saturday, giving Lewis and Clark the new name Avera Surgical Hospital on the Avera Fox Run Health Campus. The health campus contains the surgical hospital, Avera Medical Group…

Get Up And Move In April

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The American Heart Association is encouraging people to grab their friends, family or coworkers and “Move More” this month to improve their heart health. The AHA suggests kicking off April by taking part in National Walking Day, which is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5. By committing to a month of doing something physical every day, the AHA hopes people…

Big Squeeze Blood Pressure Awareness Kicks Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Experts say one in three people have high blood pressure which can be life threatening if left untreated.  That’s why “Live Well Sioux Falls” is teaming up with “The Big Squeeze” for blood pressure awareness.  During this month-long initiative, several area businesses and organizations will offer blood pressure screenings to customers starting today at Augustana University. …

Teen Siblings Team Up With Father, DWU To Research Cure For Cancer In Dogs

PLANKINTON, S.D. – Two South Dakota teens are showing us that anything is possible with hard work. A brother and sister from Plankinton have been working together to try to cure cancer in man’s best friend. They’ve had some amazing results, earning them recognition and even scholarship money at a South Dakota University. Eighteen-year-old Emma and 16-year-old Noah Heezen are…

As Cases Of Mental Illness Increase, Avera Health And Police Ban Together

Both Sioux Falls Police and Avera Health say they’ve seen an increase in cases involving mental health in Sioux Falls. Since Avera’s Behavioral Health Center opened more than 10 years ago,  the number of inpatient stays has nearly doubled. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talked to experts about the increase, and how the two groups are working together to curb future problems….

Speaker Paul Ryan Opposes Health Care Talks With Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn’t want to see President Donald Trump negotiate with Democrats on health care. But he warns that will be the result if House Republicans can’t come together and pass their bill. Ryan tells “CBS This Morning” that if Trump works with Democrats, they will “try and change Obamacare and that’s not,…

Warm Weather Contributing to Early Start of Allergy Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Experts in Sioux Falls say allergy season is off to an early start and they know why. Doctors say the warm weather is causing the tree and mold pollen to pop out sooner, but there are some simple things one can do to reduce their allergies. “I’m allergic to dust, mold, cats, dogs, “says Caden Kvernmo. 13-year-old…

New Sanford Health Clinic Coming To West Side Of Town

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new $21 million Sanford Health clinic is being built on the west side of town that will have a full-size Lewis Drug Store and Pharmacy attached to it. Sanford and city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon for the clinic near 32nd and Ellis Road. Sanford Health already has a facility nearby, the Sanford…

Eye Donor Family Meets Recipient For First Time

Families Come Together To Celebrate National Eye Donor Month

Chris Jones (Right) Hugs Recipient, Cal Fickbohm.SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Chris Jones anxiously awaits a meeting. With family around her, she prepares to see a piece of her husband again. Her husband, Lawrence Pete Jones, passed away in October 2015. They made the decision to donate his corneas. Cal Fickbohm received one of those corneas. Jones said she was nervous to finally…

House GOP Abruptly Pulls Troubled Health Care Bill

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to…

WH No Longer Expresses Confidence In Health Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful. Instead, spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump is confident that the White House has done “every single thing possible” to corral the 216 votes needed to pass legislation to repeal the Obama-era health care law. House lawmakers…

Inspector General To Review Pullback Of HealthCare.gov Ads

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull back advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season. Democrats had called the surprise move “sabotage.” The Trump administration said the ads were a waste of taxpayer dollars. In a letter to Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington…

Head Lice Policy Concerning Sioux Falls Parents, New Business to Get Rid of Nits

Nit Nannies is the only company of its kind in this area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Head lice is often hard to avoid in places such as schools and daycares, where children are in close contact with each other. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3 to 11 years old. Some parents say the Sioux Falls School District’s…

House GOP Leaders Postpone Health Care Vote

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on their health care bill in a setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. Prospects for the Republicans’ showcase health care bill had looked grimmer by the minute Thursday despite Trump’s personal lobbying of conservatives. That still left the legislation short of the votes needed for…

Good Samaritan Society Releases Statement On Eliminating 100 Positions

SIOUX FALLS – On Wednesday The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced several changes including the elimination of 100 positions in Sioux Falls. The elimination is approximately 15% of the workforce at the Society’s National Campus in Sioux Falls. The Society says the position eliminations come from today’s fiscal challenges. “Like every organization in our sector,” notes H. Theodore “Ted”…