Health providers across the US call this Sioux Falls facility for help

BY: - May 3, 2023

In a small town in rural Nebraska, physician assistant Heather Kreber is one of a handful of health care providers. Patients rely on her for everything from routine checkups to emergency medical care. On one occasion at 3 in the morning, Kreber received a call about an incoming patient with severe burns. “It was pretty […]

Lindee Miller, a nurse at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, turns on the camera attached to a colpo scope, a magnifying device used to closely examine the vagina and cervix. The camera transmits a live view of the exam to the remote sexual assault nurse examiner. (Arielle Zionts/KHN)

Telehealth brings expert sexual assault exams to rural patients

BY: - January 3, 2023

Amanda Shelley was sitting in her dentist’s waiting room when she received a call from the police. A local teenage girl had been sexually assaulted and needed an exam. Shelley, a nurse in rural Eagle County, Colorado, went to her car and called a telehealth company to arrange an appointment with a sexual assault nurse […]

Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre. (Courtesy of Avera Health)

Avera receives $2.5 million in federal money for rural nurse shortage

BY: - November 25, 2022

South Dakota-based Avera Health recently received over $2.5 million to address nursing and health care workforce shortages in rural South Dakota through virtual nursing and education. The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. South Dakota’s nursing shortage is years in the […]