SDAHO holds legislative forums

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization is hard at work educating local legislators about issues facing the industry in South Dakota.


The first legislative forum kicked off in Vermillion on Nov. 28 with Tim Rave, Tammy Hatting and Gil Johnson presenting educational slides with seven area legislators in attendance.

Thank you to area legislators Mark Willadsen, Linda Duba, Jim Bolin, David Anderson, Arthur Rusch, Craig Kennedy and Jean Hunhoff for taking time out of their busy schedules to learn more about the health care industry in South Dakota before heading to session in a couple of weeks.

Thank you to our members for supporting the forum in Vermillion: Tim Tracy, senior director at Sanford Hospital Vermillion; Robin Stockland, administrator/CEO at Sunset Manor Avera in Irene and Wakonda Heritage Manor – Avera; and Tom Richter, CEO of Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg.



The second legislative forum was held in Rapid City on Nov. 29 with SDAHO team members Tim Rave, Tammy Hatting, Gil Johnson and Kallee Rydland presenting information to six area legislators: Jeff Partridge, David Johnson, Tony Randolph, Scyller Borglum, Tina Mulally, Alan Solano and Mike Diedrich.

There were 21 Regional Health employees who attended, along with SDAHO staff, to answer specific questions about local facilities.  A big thank you to the Regional Health leadership and staff for making the event a great success: Paulette Davidson, president/CEO of Regional Health; John Pierce, president of  Rapid City Regional Hospital; Thomas Worsley, president of Spearfish Regional Hospital; Mark Schulte, president of Sturgis Regional Hospital; Mark Schmidt, president of Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital; Mike Tilles, president of Regional Home+; and Conner Fiscarelli, administrator of Regional Health Custer Senior Care and Regional Health Sturgis Care Center.

Upcoming Legislative Forums:

  • Dec. 11 – 5 p.m. in Madison at Madison Regional Health System
  • Dec. 12 – 12 p.m. in Parkston at Avera St. Benedict Hospital
  • Dec. 13 – 5 p.m. in Watertown at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System