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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 17 min read
An older man with his back to the camera watches a blue screen set up for a telemedicine appointment.

Telemedicine makes medical care across the miles possible

Kidney patient in Minnesota gets virtual checkups with doctor in South Dakota
Jeanette Rackl 5 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
Michelle Erpenbach 7 min read
Alice Osland sits at a table with a cake congratulating her on her reitrement in front of her.

Longest-tenured Sanford Health worker retires after 59 years

Alice Osland began working as an LPN in Westbrook, Minnesota, in 1960
Jane Thaden Lawson 4 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 17 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 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 18 min read
Sanford Mayville Medical Center was recognized as one of the Top 20 critical access hospitals by the National Rural Health Association

Sanford Health critical access hospitals get national award

Hillsboro, Mayville and Westbrook among the best critical access medical centers in the U.S.
Nadine Aljets 3 min read
Brittany Chapin and general surgeon Dr. Kelly Ming

Surgery in her town helps mom see new baby as she heals

And access to Sanford Health medical centers means advanced care is also nearby.
Carson Walker 5 min read
children playing in a gym during physical education

fitClub integrates with Minnesota physical education classes

Sanford Fit teaches healthy choices along themes of recharge, mood, food & move
SHN Staff 4 min read