Jane Thaden Lawson

Meet Jane

Jane Lawson is a senior communications specialist with Sanford Health. She has more than 20 years of experience as a print journalist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in various editing roles. She joined the Sanford Health News team in December 2018. She also plays piano for church and school. You can reach her at (605) 312-4380 or jane.lawson@sanfordhealth.org.

Latest Posts


An older man who resides at a Good Samaritan Society location looks at his daughter via FaceTime on a cellphone. Technology is helping visitors who can't see their loved ones right now.

Staying in touch when you can’t visit patients, residents

Messages can be hand-delivered at Sanford Health, Good Samaritan Society
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 4 min read
Good Samaritan Society Luther Manor sign in a native plant garden out in front of a nursing home building.

Long-term care facilities limit visitors to protect seniors

Good Samaritan Society focused on preventing cases of COVID-19
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 3 min read
Social distancing: Woman works from home sitting on exercise ball at her desk faces a computer screen and large windows.

COVID-19 FAQs: What is social distancing?

Efforts now can 'flatten the curve' and help everyone around you stay healthy
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 5 min read

Focus on your behaviors to relieve coronavirus anxiety

Fear is natural, psychologist says, but let wisdom and logic be your guide
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
Bob Bieberdorf, who had a stroke and subsequent rehab, twists to his left while seated as he holds a pipe in his hands.

Rehab work, positive attitude give stroke patient life back

'If you want to get better, you have to want to work'
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
Smiling Dr. Abrea Roark talks with a patient in an exam room. The patient's back is to the camera.

What women ask about, and what their doctors tell them

Answers to questions such as 'When am I most fertile?' and 'Do I have a UTI?'
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 22 min read
A provider gives a prenatal ultrasound to a pregnant woman to check the health of mom and baby. Maternal mortality rates are a concern nationwide.

Maternal mortality: Working to keep moms safe

Doctors focus on patients' health with regional projects, hospital practices
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 23 min read
Kevin Francis, who studies Batten disease, sits in a corner of his lab area.

Researcher feels urgency, knowing families who need help

Kevin Francis, Ph.D., studies fatal childhood Batten disease at Sanford Research
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
Friedreich's ataxia rare disease Raena Brendtro and Dan Brendtro petting thier dog, Luca

Man fundraises for research-study inspiration: his daughter

Friedreich's ataxia can't be stopped yet, but two men have formed a bond trying
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 37 min read
Bea Smith holds a stuffed bear while playing on the couch with her husband and their baby, who was delivered via emergency c-section after Bea had appendicitis.

Appendicitis hastens baby’s delivery via C-section

Bea Smith was grateful for a doctor she trusted when pregnancy veered from plans
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
A parked semi trailer bears the words Heart & Vascular Screening on the side to advertise Sanford Health's mobile service.

Heart screening ‘means my life was saved’

EKG and alarming coronary calcium score led to surgery
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 9 min read
Dr. Michelle Baack and Dr. Randy Raustino sit at a table with a laptop open as they look over heart research information.

Heart research: Two lab leaders share common goal, spirit

Dr. Michelle Baack, Dr. Randy Faustino on collaborative, complementary paths
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 18 min read
A farmstead with grain bins and a barn stands in the background, reflected in a body of water in the foreground. Flooding has made farming a challenge.

When farming stresses pile up, there is help and hope

Downturn in ag economy and unpredictable weather make a farmer's job tough
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 18 min read
Lisa MacFadden stands in front of a Sanford Sports Science Institute sign. She serves as director of the institute.

Lisa MacFadden makes research look like a game

Biomechanical engineer oversees studies on golf, other sports for Sanford Health
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 16 min read
Hands Holding A Smartphone . Central Park,Manhattan, New York City US

Research group studies eating disorders, weight loss surgery

Center for Biobehavioral Research surveys patients remotely, in real time
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read