Health

VA Unveils Website On Quality Of Care As Big Changes Await

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Veterans Affairs is unveiling a first-of-its-kind website aimed at providing information on the quality of care at VA medical centers. The agency says it will help bring new accountability even as it grappled Wednesday with fresh questions of patient safety. The VA website, www.accesstocare.va.gov, is a work in progress. It provides preliminary data on…

Hunter’s Heart Journey Finds Hope

16-Year Old Has Successful Heart Transplant Surgery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Last April, planning for a shopping sweep at Sunshine Foods in Sioux Falls was the least of Melissa Tillman’s worries. Her son, Hunter, 16, was on a heart transplant list. Complications were a part of Hunter’s life. His heart was only thirty percent effective, plaguing him with fatigue and a blue hue on his skin. Last Friday, March…

Medical Marijuana Supporters See Sign In North Dakota Win

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Medical marijuana supporters have come up empty at the South Dakota Legislature and the ballot box, but they’re determined to try again as neighboring North Dakota moves closer to making cannabis available to patients. Observers say North Dakota’s overwhelming vote last fall to approve a medical marijuana initiative bodes well for a similar South Dakota push….

Senior Living Community Opens Boxing Studio To Help Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

A senior living community in Sioux Falls is the first and only facility in South Dakota to feature a program aimed at helping patients with Parkinson’s Disease. The Inn on Westport opened a studio specifically for the program called ‘Rock Steady Boxing’. The nonprofit organization was started in 2006 by a patient in Indianapolis with early onset of the disease….

Someone You Should Know: A Positive Outlook On A Difficult Diagnosis

One Sioux Falls Family Is Embracing The Best Despite Alzheimer's Diagnosis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Tom and Lee Raines were best friends at Dell Rapids high school. After their high school days, they went separate ways. “I went to South Dakota State and she turned to a life of sin at the university,” said Tom, with a laugh. Following the passing of their previous spouses, a high school reunion brought them together forever….

Congress OKs Bill To Extend VA Program Widening Private Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation to extend a program widening veterans’ access to private-sector health care. By voice vote Wednesday, the House agreed to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year. Without legislation, the program will expire on Aug. 7 with nearly…

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…