South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations

Advancing healthy communities through a unified voice across the health care continuum.

The SDAHO Story

Serving as the voice for South Dakota’s hospitals and healthcare organizations encompassing the full continuum of care, the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) represents a diverse membership with the goal of ensuring the highest quality of health care for South Dakotans.

The association is a not-for-profit organization spanning various types of institutional ownership, geographic location, size, and complexities of service. Members include hospitals, health care systems, nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living centers, and hospice organizations. Originally formed in 1926 as the South Dakota Hospital Association, in 1995 SDAHO united both acute and post-acute care providers under one unified vision advocating for a flourishing health care industry.

SDAHO serves its membership through information, education, and advocacy on the issues, challenges, and solutions delivering quality health care to a widespread and varied population. By staying abreast of the changing dynamics in a demanding industry, SDAHO is a trusted resource and leading advocate for its members as well as area policymakers.

Our Five Areas Of Responsibility:

Advocacy & Member Relations

Acute & Post Acute Services


Business Development

Quality Integration

Upcoming Events

Webianr: Caregiver Burnout

November 30 5:00 pm CST

Webinar Series: Overhaul of E/M Codes Updates for 2021

December 1 9:00 am CST

Webinar Series: Navigating MDS 3.0

December 9 11:00 am CST

Webinar: Preparing for Tomorrow While Managing a Crisis Today

December 2 11:00 am CST

Midwest Medical Edition

Midwest Medical Edition (MED Magazine) is the South Dakota Region's most respected and longest-standing news and business publication exclusively for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Latest News

Stay up to date with SDAHO news and articles.

Brandner Announces Retirement

​Nick Brandner, CEO/Administrator for Freeman Regional Health Services in Freeman has announced his retirement. November 20, is Nick's last day, with Courtney Unruh and...

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

The South Dakota Department of Health has developed a Quarantine and Isolation Calculator. This new and easy-to-use COVID-19 tool allows individuals to calculate exactly...

Congratulations to SDAHO’s 2020 Nurse Leadership class!

On November 19, SDAHO celebrated the completion of its first Nurse Leadership program with nearly 80 South Dakota hospital and long-term care nurses participating....

South Dakota Community Star 2020: Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center

​​Congratulations to Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center for being named the South Dakota 2020 Community Star by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural...

Medicare Improper Payments Decline by $15 billion

​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the rate of Fee-For-Service (FFS) Medicare improper payments has continued to decline, resulting in...

Study to Explore Public Health Professionals Capacity to Improve Health Equity

All public health professionals (e.g. Program Director, Health Educator, Registered Nurse, Dietitian) are invited to participate in a confidential, voluntary research study.  The purpose of the...

Caregiver Burnout Webinar

Too much stress can be harmful for caregivers in health care and other professions, as well as for family caregivers. Caregiver Burnout is real...

CMS announces Medicare Coverage for COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that effective November 10, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies for treatment...

Affiliated Societies

These affiliates consist of individuals whose work contributes to the provision of quality health care in South Dakota.

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