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Hometown Healthcare Hero: Bowdle Healthcare Center

Congratulations to February’s Hometown Healthcare Heroes recipient, Bowdle Healthcare Center in Bowdle, South Dakota.

To help member facilities with workforce needs, SDAHO launched the Hometown Healthcare Heroes campaign. This storytelling campaign is designed to recognize career opportunities at member facilities and celebrate the people that work there and the communities they live.

Bowdle Healthcare Center serves the north central part of South Dakota, offering a full spectrum of care for all ages. This includes a critical access hospital, long-term care center, clinic, public health, outreach with specialty providers, ambulance service, telemedicine and physical, occupational & speech therapy.

TiAnn Boggs, is the Director Rehab and the Speech Language Pathologist with Bowdle Healthcare Center. “We provide a variety of services, including swing bed services which is something I am really proud as the Director of Rehab, as our department has a big part in the care provided.”  I also really appreciate how far providers go here, it’s above and beyond for their patients.” TiAnn Boggs, Dir. Rahab & Speech Language Pathologist.

After attending college, TiAnn worked in another state at a much larger facility. After returning to South Dakota to grow her career, she has come to appreciate smalltown healthcare. “I doctored in a larger community before coming home, specifically with pediatricians. The healthcare professionals there were specialized, and they cared about their patients, but when they made an appointment for their patients to see another specialist that would be the end of it. Here at Bowdle Healthcare Center the providers fight to get their patients the best specialist provider and the best time slots. In our small community, providers follow up with their patient’s and ensure follow through with further care.” In .” TiAnn Boggs, Dir. Rahab & Speech Language Pathologist Bowdle Healthcare Center

Melanie Kaiser, RN, is the Home Health and Public Health Manager with Bowdle Healthcare Center. She says everyone is so warm and friendly and welcoming and eager to help whenever needed, and that includes help for their colleagues and their patients. “You are not a number here. You are a person. They take great pride in helping and giving everyone that individual care that people need.” Melanie Kaiser, RN, Home Health & Public Health Manager, Bowdle Healthcare Center

Bowdle Healthcare Center has a mixture of long-term staff in addition to new additions. “We have people that have been here their whole lives, and people who have moved here and have been recruited here. There is a mixture of new faces and old faces.” TiAnn Boggs, Dir. Rahab & Speech Language Pathologist Bowdle Healthcare Center

Bowdle has the distinction of having the “tallest water tower” in South Dakota, standing 150 feet in the air. The community offers a k-12 school system with bus service. Residents have a wide range of activities in and around the area including, fishing, boating, camping, in addition to an ice-skating pond for colder months. “ I like to ride my bike and I like to garden, especially in the summer. In the winter, we are not very far from the Black Hills to go snow skiing.” Melanie Kaiser, RN, Home Health & Public Health Manager, Bowdle Healthcare Center

Celebrations are a big part of north central South Dakota, including “Tower Days, which takes place the last weekend of June. During the warmer months, nearby community’s also host festivals and events attracting attendees from around the area. “Within a 20-to-25-mile radius, every town has a celebration every weekend. You can go and see old friends, new friends, listen to music. You can catch up and just relax.” TiAnn Boggs, Dir. Rahab & Speech Language Pathologist Bowdle Healthcare Center

Bowdle offers residents the amenities and entertainment it needs for groceries, shopping, entertainment and more. TiAnn says if you can’t get what you need in town you can order it. “Amazon comes here and so does Wal-Mart. We have Fed-Ex and UPS, so getting what you need is not difficult especially if you plan ahead.” TiAnn Boggs, Dir. Rahab & Speech Language Pathologist Bowdle Healthcare Center

Career Opportunities with Bowdle Healthcare Center:

  • Nurses & CNA’s in the nursing home
  • RN’s in the hospital
  • RN (part-time) Public Health Department
  • Bill Receptionist
  • X-Ray Technicians
  • Physical Therapist

To learn more about Bowdle Healthcare Center or apply, visit: bowdlehc.com/employment

To learn more about the SDAHO Hometown Healthcare Heroes Campaign visit: sdaho.org/hometown-healthcare-heroes

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