To help member facilities with workforce needs, The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) launched the Hometown Healthcare Heroes campaign. SDAHO continues to lift up job opportunities within Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital and Weskota Manor in Wessington Springs, this week through the words of Julie Schultz, LPN, the Quality and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital.
“South Dakota has so many services that healthcare can offer people of South Dakota.” Julie Schultz, LPN Julie has worked in healthcare for over 44 years, starting her career while in high school. One of the biggest changes she has seen in the industry is the advancements in technology, which allows quality healthcare no matter where a facility is located. “With the Avera system, we have a phone that we can pick up and connect with physicians in Sioux Falls or anywhere. We have tele-medicine, eEmergency, e-Pharmacy, hospitalists, we have specialties at our fingertips. Our laboratory now has all the computerized equipment, with our x rays we can have readings within a few minutes to a few hours.” Julie Schultz, LPN.
Wessington Springs is centrally located in South Dakota and has a lot to offer those who choose to call it home. If you like the outdoors, there is abundant outdoor recreational options year-round, with the Missouri River less than an hour drive away. The community also has a grocery store, hardware stores, banks, newspaper, bowling alley, movie theatre, cafes and more. It is about 45 minutes from several larger communities, making Wessington Springs an ideal location for those who want a small town atmosphere with big town amenities.
Avera offers a student loan reimbursement program for up to $10,000 dollars for the course of five years, for those who qualify. There are openings for both nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNA) at both Weskota Memorial Hospital and Weskota Manor. To apply, visit Avera.org/careers
Hear more from Julie Schultz, LPN with Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital.
View the full Hometown Healthcare Heroes Video featuring Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital, Weskota Manor and Wessington Springs here.