Rural Health Leaders Conference

Registration now open!

Rural health providers in South Dakota demonstrate nimbleness, innovation, and the continuous ability to adapt to meet the needs of their community. Through collaborations, innovative models and strong advocacy, our South Dakota hospitals and post-acute care facilities are leading the way and improving the lives of those they serve.
Rural health is complex, diverse and ever-changing – join SDAHO and the state’s rural health executives in Pierre June 27 and 28 to explore how we can continue to advance health care in South Dakota, regardless of the challenges.
Conference sessions are designed for CEOs, CFOs, administrators, directors and other hospital and post-acute care leaders. We’ll kick off the event with a networking lunch, where attendees will have the chance to interact with other health care leaders from across the state.
Attendees can unwind on Tuesday evening for a social visiting with colleagues and companies focused on medical, financial, and innovative healthcare solutions, followed by fun and relaxation. Overlooking the beautiful Missouri River, guests can relax, socialize, or play games on the event terrace.

Conference Venue:

Drifter’s Event Center
325 Hustan Ave, Fort Pierre

Available nearby hotels:

Featured Speakers

New Future of Rural Healthcare: Strategies for Success

Eric Shell, Chairman, Stroudwater Associates

Eric will take an in-depth look at the industry as a whole and at the struggles faced by rural and community hospitals, outlining strategies for these facilities to not only survive, but thrive in the fast-approaching era of population health.

South Dakota Medicaid Eligibility & Enrollment

Sarah Aker, SD DSS Medicaid Director

Changes are coming to South Dakota Medicaid! The Department of Social Services will provide updates on Medicaid expansion, eligibility, and other upcoming changes.

A Collaborative Approach to Manage Hospital to Nursing Home Transitions

Nita Dunham, MS, RN, CMAC, CDP, Systems Director of Case Management, Monument Health

Learn how a South Dakota health system created an engaged, multifaceted care team approach and how this played a significant role in lowering costs, improving care coordination and patient outcomes by minimizing the risk of longer stay hospital-acquired conditions and reducing costly readmissions.

Continuing Education:

NHA: SDAHO is the South Dakota affiliate of LeadingAge, an approved provider of continuing education in nursing home administration by the South Dakota Board of Nursing Facility Administrators. There are up to 8.8 contact hours available to nursing home administrators at this conference.

ACHE: Session: Sustainability of Healthcare Organizations: A Plan of Action Panel Discussion: This program has been developed and is presented locally by South Dakota Healthcare Executive Group. The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credit to this program.