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Scientist L-J Pilaz wears a lab coat, seated at a lab bench at Sanford Research.

Brain researcher L-J Pilaz is ‘like a discovery junkie’

New addition to Sanford Research looks at neural stem cells' role in development
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 10 min read
Steve Stark, aka Mr. History, stands in front of a classroom wearing a black frock coat, black hat and holding a pocketwatch.

Mr. History heads to front of the class again after stroke

After rehab, Steve Stark gets back to telling and illustrating historical events
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
Physical therapy assistant Jamie Thompson works with Mataya Duvall as she swings at Sanford Bemidji Children's Therapy.

Preschooler born with cancer now works at being a kid

Coping with effects of neuroblastoma, Mataya Duvall enjoys her physical therapy
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 16 min read
Deb Warner gives two thumbs-up signs as she runs on a gravel road. Her shirt says "gotta run."

When brain aneurysm ruptured, runner defied death

Good health and Sanford neurocritical care team helped beat 10% survival rate
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 39 min read
outcome of stroke: May Schaefer and her husband Ray

Knowing the signs: Why every second counts during a stroke

Ray Schaefer's wife, a Sanford Health nurse, recognized his symptoms right away
Jeanette Rackl Jeanette Rackl 6 min read
Woman playing the piano

Parkinson’s patients reclaim abilities with therapy programs

“I didn’t realize I was talking so softly before. Now I can speak out and be heard."
SHN Staff SHN Staff 9 min read
Matt and Bonnie Puro and his cracked helmet

Bicycling injuries leave man thankful for care

'I consider myself in the lucky to be moving department.'
Pat Miller Pat Miller 9 min read
A lucky penny in the intensive care unit inspired a family and grew to inspire others with hope and luck.

Lucky penny inspires hope for others

Sanford Fargo Medical Center display grows on its own. “I’m hoping the coins bring to them what it brought to us."
Nadine Aljets Nadine Aljets 4 min read
blue X-ray of human brain

More than just a hurting head

“Something was going on inside of my head and it felt different than anything I’d ever experienced before."
SHN Staff SHN Staff 7 min read
1941 truck located in Vermillion headling garden

Healing garden supports Sanford Vermillion patients

A 6,000-square-foot piece of paradise infuses dementia care with rural reminders
SHN Staff SHN Staff 2 min read