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Sanford, Avera to Offer 2020 ABA Coverage Aimed at Helping SD Families with Autism

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-A gap in autism therapy insurance coverage has left some parents concerned in South Dakota, but now there may be new hope for these families. Governor Kristi Noem announced that Avera and Sanford plan to offer ABA coverage in 2020. ABA therapy is for kids with autism. It focuses on improving specific skills like communication. Each week, three-year-old…

Look Inside New Avera Specialty Hospital & Medical Group Clinic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two facilities on the new ‘Avera on Louise’ campus are complete. An open house for the Avera Specialty Hospital & Medical Group Clinic is scheduled for Sunday, October 13th, but KDLT News got a preview this morning. To watch the interviews, click on the videos below. Categories: Health, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local…

Avera Behavioral Health Center Recovering From Storm Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Avera Health is starting to recover and slowly get everything back to normal after three tornadoes hit the city two weeks ago. A number of Avera’s facilities fell victim to the storm, including the Behavioral Health Center, which officials say sustained the most damage.  “There was debris literally everywhere within a half mile of here. There was…

Hy-Vee Offering Free Heart Health Screenings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of men and women in the US. In Sioux Falls, Hy-Vee is offering a way for people to check their heart health for free without having to go to the doctor’s.  “It’s estimated that every one American, every 40 seconds has a myocardial infarction or heart attack. So as…

Avera Health Recognized as Top 15 Health Care System in U.S.

Staff with Avera Health this week learned they have been recognized as one of the top healthcare systems in the nation. Representatives with IBM Watson Health attended Avera’s Quality Congress, a day-long event that recognizes the exceptional initiatives and quality care among staff, to make the surprise announcement. Avera Health is now considered among the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems. …

Impact of Running on Mental Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With summer ending, it’s easy to get into a little mental funk. One way to help pull yourself out happens to be exercise, and in particular, running. Running, and higher intensity workouts, release endorphins. Those endorphins can improve your mood, and overall mental well being, according to experts with Avera. Not only can running help with…

The Biggest Concern for South Dakota Farmers Right Now

Former state Ag Secretary Walt Bones talks about shifting priorities for farmers as we move through seasons

Regional growers hit hard by harsh conditions and flooding earlier this year are doing their best to take things as they come – day by day. It’s actually, what farmers have always tried their best to do, given so much of their work is at the mercy of the weather. But Mother Nature has been particularly tough on South Dakota…

Local Organ Donors Honored on the Wall of Heroes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Avera Mckennan Hospital wants folks to see how big of an impact a person can make by becoming an organ donor. Each April during national Donate a Life Month, the hospital honors donors who’ve made a difference. Six families celebrated their loved ones being added to the Avera McKennan “Wall of Heroes.” It’s a display that honors those…

Why Warning Signs of Stroke Are Critical to Know

Most often, Dr. Andrew Ridder says those he sees in acute stroke situations, only realize they may be having a stroke because someone else recognized the signs. The Avera neurologist sat down with KDLT News Today’s Carleen Wild to talk about the most common misconceptions about stroke, what puts us at risk, why getting to the hospital quickly is imperative,…

Report Identifies Top Sioux Falls Health Issues

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Health care industry professionals are trying to improve the quality of life in Sioux Falls. Over the past 15 months, through resident surveys and focus groups, a report was completed to come up with a clearer picture of what we can do better to improve our health. “You know everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life…

Avera Mckennan Adds New ICU Unit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The intensive care unit at Avera McKennan has gotten a little bit bigger. The ICU has expanded to add six additional patient beds, now with 28 patient rooms. The new unit takes over what used to be the inpatient rehab center. Avera officials say the new space includes innovative technological enhancements that keep both patients and employees…

Local Children’s Book Addresses Mental Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Mental health can be a tough topic to talk about, especially with kids. However, it’s an important conversation to have as over 20 percent of youth experience one or more mental health conditions according to the CDC.  KDLT’s Miranda Paige found out more about a new book that was written to make that conversation a little easier for…

Avera Surgeon Gives Birth To Hospital’s First Baby Of The Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – What happens when the doctor becomes the patient? Doctor Tricia Merrigan is a breast surgeon at Avera in Sioux Falls. She’s at the hospital, but she isn’t performing surgery. Instead, Tricia gave birth to Avera’s first baby of 2019 at 5:44 p.m. on Tuesday. Royce Jonathon Merrigan weighs seven pounds 14 ounces. Tricia says she felt…

‘Share a Spare’ Campaign

ALEXANDRIA, S.D.-More than 300 people are in need of a kidney transplant just in South Dakota. One of them lives in Alexandria and her friends are starting a campaign to find her a donor. They are hoping a catch phrase will help not only their friend, but others as well. Molly Pearson has had to give her hands a break….

As Opioid Crisis Continues, Healthcare Professionals Talk Prevention and Intervention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to the CDC, 49,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses last year. Now, experts say addiction is showing up in every corner of the medical field. Dr. Marvin Seppala, the chief medical officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, sees addiction day in and day out. He calls it “a disease of the soul.” “They don’t…

Breast Navigation: A Story of Survival and Support

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two years ago, Jill Schlumbohm was helping people through possibly through one of the hardest chapters of their lives. She was an imaging navigator for breast cancer pre-diagnosis at Avera. Then, the roles reversed, and she became the patient. “I’m sorry,” said Schlumbohm. “I did not think I would cry.” It’s news that Schlumbohm’s patients had…

Former NFL Quarterback Opens Up About Mental Health And Addiction Challenges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Health professionals are calling it a “community crisis.” Doctors are overwhelmed with opiod-addicted patients. South Dakota had a record number of suicides last year with 192 people. Now, a former NFL quarterback says fame can’t shield anyone from these two demons. Ryan Leaf is no stranger to the limelight. However, his life is different these days….