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Physician assistants and rural health care. Hay bales in field after harvest and dramatic sky during sunset.

Vietnam War created PA training for rural, native care

Rural Americans rely heavily on those trained through this innovative program
Jared Leighton Jared Leighton 17 min read
Rural Health Day: Dianne Karlstad and Troy Grassel laugh during physical therapy

Health care in your hometown? It’s about family, community

Rural Health Day recognizes care providers and patients
Avatar Michelle Erpenbach 7 min read
Four speakers share a stage with blue and gray curtains.

Better access to health care might come by virtual exam

Sanford CMO speaks on telehealth panel hosted by US News
Katie Foutz Katie Foutz 5 min read
Dark blue storm clouds hover over a red barn and other farm buildings.

Opinion: Rural America faces a health care access crisis

It's time for remaining states to adopt Medicaid expansion, Sanford CMO writes
SHN Staff SHN Staff 2 min read
Nurse Kayla Johnson stands in a patient's room.

Nursing internship gives students an edge in first real job

Nursing students “learn where they want to be and where they don't want to be"
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 12 min read
population health: Individuals standing in line

Population health: Get healthy now to prevent illness later

Movement could help people overcome social barriers to health
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 17 min read
A telehealth nurse consults a doctor on a computer screen.

Opinion: Telehealth is calling — will Congress pick up?

Telehealth is the house call of the digital age.
Allison Suttle, MD Allison Suttle, MD 9 min read
A young man sits on a cough between his parents. Family photos and a sign that says "Olson" are displayed on the wall behind them.

Sanford AirMed: A crucial health service in rural Midwest

“He wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the air ambulance."
Jon Berg Jon Berg 5 min read
Emily Griese

Research: Community support can ease rural bullying effects

Findings published in SD Medicine, plus other Sanford Health research notes.
SHN Staff SHN Staff 18 min read
High school classmates Peggy Haken (in purple) and Marcia Johnson (in blue).

Classmates brought back together through breast cancer

“There we were, two in our class (of 21) with breast cancer."
Jane Heilmann Jane Heilmann 8 min read