Sunday, November 28, 2021

Distinguished Service Awards

Distinguished Service Awards
2016 Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Awards were created to recognize individuals for their exemplary service to health care and accomplishments in advancing the goals and purposes of the Association. Award recipients are recognized at the SDAHO Annual Convention Award Luncheon.


Sophie Heinemann – KELOLand TV (Media Personality) | Sean Bortnem – Sanford Chamberlain (Young Professional)| Sarah Aker – Dept of Social Services (State Official) | Judy Blauwet – Avera Health (Health Care Hero) | Dr. Tad Jacobs – Avera Medical Group (Health Care Professional) | Dan Eisenbraun – Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (Trustee) | Sen. Justin Cronin (State Legislator) | Erica Peterson – Sanford Chamberlain (Post-Acute Care Champion)


Vanessa Gomez, KSFY Television (Media Personality), Brian Schaeffer, Winner Regional Healthcare Center (Trustee),  Sen. Deb Soholt (State Legislator), Lt. Gov. Matt Michels (State Official), John Porter, Avera Health (Health Care Professional), Walter Panzirer, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (Health Care Hero), Monica Metzger, Winner Regional Healthcare Center (Young Professional), Sarah Talbott, Sanford Chamberlain (Post-Acute Care Champion), Larry W. Veitz (Lifetime Achievement Award)


Dana Ferguson, Argus Leader (Media Personality), Mark Buche, Avera Health (Trustee),  Sen. Larry Tidemann (State Legislator), Brenda Tidball-Zeltinger, Dept. Social Services (State Official), Larry W. Veitz, Regional Health Spearfish Hospital (Health Care Professional), Craig Severtson, Brookings Health System (Health Care Hero), Chelsey Sundberg, Brookings Health System (Young Professional), Ardi Forrester, Marshall County Healthcare Center Avera (Post-Acute Care Champion)


Dennis Wollman, Freeman Regional Health Services (Trustee) Jodi Schwan, Argus Leader (Media Personality) Gov. Dennis Daugaard (State Official) Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford (State Legislator) Mary Schwaegerl, RN, Brookings Health System (Health Care Professional) Erica Knippling, Brookings Health System (Young Professional) Kerri Lutjens, RN, Avera St. Benedict Hospital (Health Care Hero) Shirley Redmond, Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (Health Care Hero) Cindy Senger, Avera@Home (Post-Acute Care Champion)


Barbara Everist, Sanford Health (Trustee) Jerry Oster, News Director at WNAX AM & FM (Media Personality) Sen. Alan Solano, District 32 (State Legislator) Margaret B. Hansen, PA-C, MPAS, CMBE, Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners (State Official) Leslie Olesen, Case Manager/RN at Sanford Chamberlain Hospital (Health Care Hero) Angie Herrick, Performance Improvement Coordinator at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center (Young Professional) Jim Iverson, Administrator/CEO of Bethel Lutheran Home (Ken Senger Long Term Care Champion) Dr. H. Eugene Hoyme, Chief Pediatric Medical Officer for Sanford Children’s Hospital and Chair for the Department of Pediatrics for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota (Health Care Professional)


Tom Dempster, Trustee, Avera McKennan Hospital & UHC and Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls (Trustee) Dr. Rick Holm, On Call Program SDPT, Brookings (Media Personality) Tim Rave, Majority Leader, SD State Senate (District 25), Dell Rapids (State Legislator) Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Senior Advisor to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Pierre (State Official) Charles E. Hart, MD, President/CEO, Regional Health, Rapid City (Health Care Professional) Erica Peterson, CEO, Sanford Chamberlain, Chamberlain (Young Professional)


Jon Walker, Reporter/Editor, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls (Media Personality) Bernie Hunhoff, State Legislator (District 18), Yankton (State Legislator) Bob Stahl, Administrator, South Dakota Department of Health Office of Health Care Facilities Licensure & Certification, Pierre (State Official) Becky Nelson, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Offier (retired), Sanford Health, Sioux Falls (Health Care Professional)


Herbert A Saloum, MD, Board Member, St. Michael’s Hospital Avera, Tyndall (Trustee) Corey Brown, State Senator (District 23), Gettysburg (State Legislator) Rodney R Parry, MD, Dean, USD Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls (State Official) Patrick J. Clark, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Avera Queen of Peace Health Services, Mitchell (Health Care Professional)


Mary Hendricks, Board Member, Sanford Medical Center Chamberlain, Chamberlain (Trustee) Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health, South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre (State Official) Ron L. Jacobson, President/CEO, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen (Health Care Professional)


Ralph Nachtigal, Platte Health Center Avera, Platte (Trustee) Pamela J Rezac, President/CEO, Avera Sacred Heart Health Services, Yankton (Health Care Professional)


Sister Lynn Marie Welbig, PBVM, Avera Health, Yankton (Trustee) Jean Hunhoff, State Senator (District 18), Yankton (State Legislator) Michael Healy, Vice President of Finance, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton (Health Care Professional)


Mark Hunhoff, Trustee, Avera Health and Avera Sacred Heart Health Services, Yankton (Trustee) Deb Bowman, Secretary, South Dakota Department of Social Services, Pierre (State Official) Byron Petersen, Vice President, Avera St. Luke’s, Aberdeen (Health Care Professional)


Bill McCleerey, President, Board of Directors, Coteau des Prairies Hospital, Sisseton (Trustee)


Matthew J. Michels, Michels & Associates, Yankton (State Legislator) James D. M. Russell, Administrator/CEO, St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, Pierre (Health Care Professional) Wayne Muth, Executive Vice President, Avera Health, Sioux Falls (Health Care Professional) Sister Mary Kay Panowicz, OSB, Board of Directors, Avera Sacred Heart/Avera Health, Yankton (Trustee)


Rep. Lou Sebert (State Legislator) Charles Fahey, Charles Bailly & Co (Health Care Professional)


Dean Madison, MD, Board of Directors, Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System, Sioux Falls (Trustee) Jaine Andrews, KELO-Land TV HealthBeat Reporter (Media Personality) Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary, South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre (State Official) David B. Johnson, Administrator/CEO, Brookings Hospital/Brookview Manor, Brookings (Health Care Professional)


Sister Augusta Johnson, Administrator, Prairie Lakes Care Center, Watertown (Health Care Professional) Lora DeWald, VP of Health Information, Avera Health, Sioux Falls (Health Care Professional)


Viorel G Stoia, Trustee, Avera Health & Avera St. Luke’s (Trustee) Jim Woster (Media Personality) Dale Stein, President/CEO, Avera St. Luke’s, Aberdeen (Health Care Professional)


Arnold Brown, State Representative (District 7), Brookings (Legislator) Joan Bachman, Director of Licensure & Certification, SD Dept of Health (State Official) Charles Ekstrum, Chairman, Philip Health Services, Philip (Trustee) Rex Henderson, CRNA, Department of Veterans Affairs, Sioux Falls (Healthcare Professional)


Stephan Schroeder, MD, Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller (Healthcare Professional) Jeremiah Murphy, Avera McKennan Hospital & UHC, Sioux Falls (Trustee) Jim Putnam, State Representative (District 19), Armour (Legislator)


Fred Whiting, State Senator (District 33), Rapid City (Legislator/Trustee Award) Gale Walker, Administrator/CEO, St. Benedict Health Ctr, Parkston (Healthcare Professional)


Larry Gabriel, former State Representative (District 26), Cottonwood (State Legislator) Sister Colman Coakley, Former Chairperson, Avera Health, Sioux Falls (Trustee)Helene Duhamel (Media Service Award)


Jon Soderholm, President, Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls


Lyle Schroeder, President, Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls


James Ellenbecker, Secretary of Social Services, South Dakota Dept of Social Services, Pierre


Patricia Biddle, Administrator, Platte Community Memorial Hospital, Platte


Robert Gabrielson, Board Member, Holy Infant Hospital, Hoven


Don A. Bierle, SDHA Legal Counsel, Bierle, Porter & Nelson, Yankton


Thomas Schultz, South Dakota Department of Health (retired)


Warren Kuhler, Administrator, Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Viborg


Theodore Sattler, MD, Yankton Clinic, Yankton


Robert Johnson, Executive Secretary, South Dakota State Medical Association, Sioux Falls


L. Ray Scott, Assistant Director, South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre


Maye Jorgenson, Auxilian, St. Mary’s Hospital, Pierre


Coral Bonnemann, Trustee, Brookings Hospital, Brookings


Frank M. Drew, President, SD Hospital Association, Sioux Falls


Dean Driscoll, Assistant Administrator, St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen


David Rykhus, MHA, Administrator, St. Joseph Hospital, Mitchell


Eugene Jelliffe, Business Manager, St. Johns McNamara, Rapid City


Raymond Wendling, Administrator, Bennett-Clarkson Hospital, Rapid City Sister M. Sarto Rogers, OSB, Administrator, St. John’s McNamara, Rapid City Lyle Schroeder, Administrator, Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls Sister M. Corita, PBVM, Adm., McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls


Sister M. Rosario, OSB, Administrator, Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton