Sanford Health at a glance: Dec. 13, 2018

News and notes about the organization, its people and industry.

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Excellence in care

Dr. Alexander Drofa was interviewed by WDAY-TV with a patient, Sara Johnson, who volunteered to share her story of suffering 30 years of daily headaches and loss of vision. Johnson was diagnosed with a huge arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that was successfully treated at the stroke center at Sanford Health, and she was very pleased with her experience. Her story will help to increase awareness of cerebrovascular pathology in the community.

Fargo NICU chosen to participate in major infant care study

Fargo NICU has been asked to participate in a national study looked at student explained infant deaths. The request came from the University of Colorado and is funded through the National Institutes of Health. It is titled “Study of Attitudes and Factors Affecting Preterm Infant Care Practices (SAFE PREP; 1R01HD095060).” The co-investigators are launching this survey-based study across the U.S. over the next few months. Their objective is to learn about the prevalence of post-discharge infant care practices for preterm infants (safe sleep, breastfeeding, secondhand smoke exposure) and the reasons for adherence or lack of adherence to recommended practices. Following up on a study of health, term infants, this study will focus on the unique needs of preterm infants. The co-investigators approached 30 hospitals across the country to recruit approximately 50 mothers per site.

Sanford Health sponsors BIG Idea Wellness Award

On Dec. 4, Sanford Aberdeen hosted a reception for the 11th Annual Business Is Great (BIG) Idea competition, with local and regional leaders in attendance. The BIG Idea competition asks students, As a young entrepreneur, what businesses would you start in your world to make it a better place to live? For the first year, Sanford Health offered a $500 prize for the best business entry addressing the area of wellness, and 42 BIG Ideas were received in the category.

Sanford Sports Complex programming

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Pentagon will host the Skyforce (10–3, 3rd in Western Conference).

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, we will also host our annual Holiday Hoops youth basketball tournament, which features 56 teams from across the region.

This weekend, the Fieldhouse will welcome the South Dakota State Soccer Association’s All-Star Games, both boys and girls.


  • … to the Fargo Nephrology practice, which has been nominated as a Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) / COMPASS Practice Transformation Network (PTN) exemplary practice in improving high blood pressure. This is a great achievement, and the clinic will be recognized in an online registry.
  • … to Kevin O’Leary, EMT, of Wheaton, who was selected for the Board of Excellence for the 4th Quarter. He has been nominated several times by employees and patients. They say he is always willing to lend a hand, take an extra call and provide backup when needed. Kevin has responded to ambulance calls even when he is not on call, knowing extra help may be necessary. In total, he has provided over 30 years of service to the ambulance in Wheaton.

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