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Summer Trustee Quarterly Newsletter Now Available

The Trustee Quarterly newsletter for Summer 2021 is now available, with the theme focusing on the importance of building a strong workforce and the role leadership can play when it comes to employee satisfaction and engagement. To successfully fulfill their community-centered mission and vision, a robust engaged workforce should be a high priority for all hospital and health system governing boards.
Creating a positive work environment that fosters growth, promotes employee safety and goal attainment are crucial when building a strong healthcare team. The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations recognizes that providing healthcare leadership with the proper tools and resources is vital in helping them create a safe, happy and successful work environment. Through continued learning opportunities, in-person and virtual professional growth programs, and trustworthy information, SDAHO remains committed to helping healthcare leaders make the informed decisions for the betterment and growth of their team. Understanding the latest changes in healthcare policy and law continues to be at the forefront of the SDAHO advocacy team. This team works closely with healthcare leaders to ensure they understand these ever-changing areas.
On July 1, 2021, several changes to state law were ushered in that impact healthcare in South Dakota. The most recent implementation of these new healthcare laws put in place the framework to provide more workforce opportunities and improved workforce environments.
The healthcare reforms laws effective July 1, 2021:
  • HB 1077 recognizes out-of-state licenses for certain healthcare professions, which will help to address workforce shortages in healthcare.
  • SB 96 increases telehealth flexibilities, which proved so critical over the last year. This will particularly help with delivery of healthcare services to South Dakota’s rural communities.
  • HB 1263, which increases price transparency in health insurance, becomes law, starting the implementation timeline.
  • HB 1131 authorizes direct primary care agreements and will lead to reduced overall healthcare costs.


Most organizations recognize the value of their employees and understand their team is essential to everyday care. After a year of health systems across South Dakota working in crisis mode, SDAHO wanted to lift-up healthcare professionals across the state not only for their efforts this past year but for their decision to choose a healthcare profession.  Through the SDAHO Healthcare Hero Campaign, healthcare professionals are nominated, recognized and celebrated. SDAHO has created over 35 Healthcare Hero spotlight stories that showcase their career including heartwarming personal stories. The Healthcare Hero Campaign is one more tool healthcare leaders can use to lift-up healthcare professionals, which improves morale in the workplace and helps create unity and comradery within the healthcare system.

To learn more about the SDAHO Healthcare Hero Campaign, visit our website. https://sdaho.org/heroes/


SDAHO is pleased to welcome Kimberly Russel from Russel Advisors to speak at SDAHO’s Annual Convention on September 23, 2021, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  Ms. Russel has served as a healthcare executive for 39 years.  For the past 25 years, Kim devoted her energy and talents to serving as a healthcare CEO, first at Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa and from 2008 to 2020, at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She recently retired from Bryan Health and formed Russel Advisors, which allows her to dedicate her time to advising healthcare boards and CEOs.  Kim will share on CEO succession planning and how the board and the CEO share joint responsibility in succession planning.

This session will address:

  • reasons behind the reluctance of most boards and CEOs to tackle this topic;
  • techniques to begin the dialog, including when and how; and
  • a step-by-step approach to conducting succession planning for the CEO and the board.

In addition to Kimberly Russel’s session, other topics at the Convention will include medical marijuana, emergency preparedness, retaining and rewarding top talent, rural emergency hospitals, recruitment and retention of staff, and innovations in behavioral health.  SDAHO will also moderate a panel discussion of healthcare professionals across SD who will provide a deeper dive into the impact the pandemic had on frontline staff, administration, long-term care facilities, rural health, and the public relations team.

SDAHO’s 95th Annual Convention will take place September 22-24 in Sioux Falls, SD. Registration is available on the SDAHO website beginning August 2.

For more trustee resources and past issues of The Trustee Quarterly newsletter, visit the SDAHO Trustee Resource Center.

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