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4 Awards in 4 Years

Thursday, December 01, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes PLHS’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that emergency and cath lab…

Healthy Skin Tips from Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Dermatologist

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
November is Healthy Skin Month, Dr. Jeffrey Smith of Prairie Lakes Dermatology Clinic has helpful tips for the winter months. Dr. Smith is available to see patients with no referral from your doctor.   Living in our region can be particularly hard on your skin, especially in the winter. Here…

Give the Gift of Health

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Give the gift of a Target Heart or Stroke Screen this holiday season. They are elective screening tools intended for individuals ages 40 - 60 to detect increased risk for potentially life threatening conditions. Consider Target Heart or Stroke Screen if any of the following risk factors apply: Family history of heart disease or…

Therapist Now Graston Technique® Certified

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System recognizes the accomplishment of Katie Chida, physical therapist, for recently becoming certified in the Graston Technique® this fall. Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and facial restrictions resulting…

Welcome New Pharmacists

Thursday, November 03, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes two new pharmacists to Prairie Lakes Pharmacy, Meredith Junker and Stacey Stormo. As staff pharmacists, they serve walk-in customers at the Campus Pharmacy as well as inpatient and outpatient patrons at the hospital. Meredith Junker holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State…

Specialty Clinic Construction

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System broke ground October 25, 2016 on a $40 million expansion project on the hospital campus. The project will include a new 65,000 square foot, two-story clinic building, state-of-the-art patient care technology, a new east entrance canopy, and helipad relocation. The Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic is anticipated…

Welcome Speech Language Pathologist

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Speech Language Pathologist Autumn Culhane to the Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Staff. As a Speech Language Pathologist, Culhane will serve a wide variety of Watertown area patients both at the hospital and in their homes. You may see Culhane for evaluation and treatment of oral motor,…

Break the Chain of Infection

Monday, October 17, 2016
There are many different germs and infections that can be spread from person to person.  To prevent germs from infecting more people, we must break the chain of infection. How can you help break the chain of infection? -Wash your hands regularly, -Stay up to date on your vaccines (including…

Josie Ries Receives ESGR Patriotic Employer Award

Monday, October 10, 2016
Congratulations to Josie Ries. She recently received the 2016 ESGR Patriotic Employer Award. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family.…

PLHS Welcomes Dermatologist, Dr. Smith

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Dermatologist. Dr. Smith is now accepting appointments at the Prairie Lakes Dermatology Clinic. Dr. Smith diagnoses and treats skin conditions; such as, psoriasis, eczema, acne, skin cancer, rosacea, and skin infections. He specializes in general dermatology, surgical dermatology, cosmetic and laser treatments,…

Connections that Make Staying at Home Possible

Friday, September 30, 2016
It is natural to feel like staying in your home as you age and become more dependent on others. There are many heartfelt quotes about home; the most obvious “there’s no place like home”. We know that quote speaks the truth and want to help keep individuals comfortable in their…

PLHS Names New Pharmacy Director

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has named Sara Spilde as new Director of Pharmacy. She has been serving as Interim Pharmacy Director since June 6th and will assume full director responsibilities effective immediately. Spilde holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from SDSU and has worked at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System as…

Cholesterol - Why It Matters

Monday, September 26, 2016
High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Excess cholesterol can form plaque between layers of artery walls, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood. Plaque can break open and cause blood clots. If a clot blocks an…

September is Baby Safety Month - Car Seat Safety Reminders

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Car Seat Checkup   Motor vehicle crashes claim the lives of more than 12 children each week.  To best protect your child, choose a safety seat that fits your vehicle, fits your child, and that you will use correctly every time. Right Seat:  This is an easy one. Check the label…

PLHS Welcomes Physical Therapist, Karen Skogstad

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Physical Therapist, Karen Skogstad to Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services. Skogstad serves patients of all ages needing physical therapy in their homes. Karen Skogstad has twenty four years experience as a physical therapist. She has extensive experience in treating all ages with a variety of conditions;…

Watertown Rec Center's New Facility Receives Name from PLHS

Monday, September 19, 2016
The City of Watertown announced the Watertown Community Center has been renamed after entering into a naming rights agreement with Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. The Watertown Community Center will officially be called the Prairie Lakes Wellness Center. “The biggest influence on the health of our community now and into the…

Is your child's backpack too heavy?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
September 16th is School Backpack Awareness Day. It’s back to school time once again. As schedules and routines become established we may find our children's backpacks becoming more and more heavy.   The weight of their backpacks should be a cause for concern as injuries may result.   Carrying backpacks, especially overloaded…

Lou Holtz, Football Coach and Analyst, Coming to Watertown

Sunday, August 21, 2016
2016 Feuerstein Series to Feature Legendary Football Coach and Analyst Lou Holtz  The Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation and the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation are excited to jointly host the 2016 Feuerstein Series event featuring legendary football coach and analyst, ESPN (2004-2015) Lou Holtz. The event will take place on…

Welcome Two General Surgeons to PLHS

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes General Surgeons Greg Gerrish, MD and Jacob Schaeffer, MD. They join Kendra Kamlitz, MD and staff at Prairie Lakes General Surgery Clinic. Dr. Greg Gerrish received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He completed a residency in General…

Annual Run Raises Funds for the Caring Club House

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
On June 11, 2016 Prairie Lakes Healthcare System held the 20th Annual Hospital Hill Run. Over 170 runners and walkers participated to raise money for the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House. Two thousand dollars was generously donated to the Caring Club House, located in Watertown, SD. Shown presenting the check…
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