Eidson, Jessica

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to announce and welcome the new Director of Marketing and Business Development, Lydia Newman.

Newman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies/Business from Augustana University. She is new to the healthcare industry, but has eight years of marketing experience in various industries.  Newman previously managed the advertising and marketing for a large manufacturing company in Watertown. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown.

Newman grew up in Lake Preston, SD and currently resides in Watertown, SD with her husband, Keith and their two girls, Mesa (3 years old) and Laine (10 months old). Her hobbies include cooking, volleyball and golf league, traveling, fitness and spending time with family and friends.

“I’m honored and excited to join the Prairie Lakes family and contribute to the continual growth and success of the organization,” said Newman. “I look forward to working with my team to promote the care, compassion, and vast abilities of Prairie Lakes and its staff to the communities, patients, and region we serve.”

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Next Blood Drive November15th

Community Blood Bank, a joint cooperative of Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD is diligently working to maintain an adequate blood supply for the 36 local hospitals it services, including Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.   Join us to donate blood on Monday, November 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., check-in is in the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic.    

  Sign Up Here

According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), “Blood centers across the country are experiencing a decrease in donation appointments and cancellation of blood drives due to travel restrictions and social distancing efforts.  There is a potential to adversely impact the availability of blood as more blood drives may be canceled, fewer healthy donors will be available to sustain the blood supply.  While we cannot predict blood supply needs during a pandemic, we know that a sufficient supply of blood must remain available to treat patients.” For additional information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org

Guidelines to Donate:

  • Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org) weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.
  • Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate. 
  • Valid identification is required at the time of registration. 
  • It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood. 
  • Online sign-up is preferred to help with social distancing
  • Walk-ins will be accepted, if there is room or a cancellation – staff on event day will manage this process
  • Masks are required only for those NOT vaccinated - all vaccinated donors do not have to wear a mask (*Masks are required during the check-in process in the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic)
  • The donor will be asked to read the Covid-19 questions at the registration table
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Upcoming Blood Drive September 7th

Community Blood Bank, a joint cooperative of Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD is diligently working to maintain an adequate blood supply for the 36 local hospitals it services, including Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.   Join us to donate blood on Tuesday, September 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., check-in is in the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic.    

  Sign Up Here

According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), “Blood centers across the country are experiencing a decrease in donation appointments and cancellation of blood drives due to travel restrictions and social distancing efforts.  There is a potential to adversely impact the availability of blood as more blood drives may be canceled, fewer healthy donors will be available to sustain the blood supply.  While we cannot predict blood supply needs during a pandemic, we know that a sufficient supply of blood must remain available to treat patients.” For additional information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org

Guidelines to Donate:

  • Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org) weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.
  • Donors exhibiting cold or flu symptoms are unable to donate. 
  • A valid identification is required at the time of registration. 
  • It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood. 
  • Online sign-up is preferred to help with social distancing
  • Walk-ins will be accepted, if there is room or a cancellation – staff on event day will manage this process
  • Masks are required only for those NOT vaccinated - all vaccinated donors do not have to wear a mask (*Masks are required during the check-in process in the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic)
  • The donor will be asked to read the Covid-19 questions at the registration table
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hospital Hill Run 2021

The Hospital Hill Run is a 5K Timed Run and 5K or One-Mile Walk benefiting the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House on Saturday June 12th.

Walk or run with friends and family while you raise money and awareness for the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House! Night or day, the Caring Club House is open and is conveniently located on the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System campus for patients and/or their family from out-of-town who need a place to stay.

All participants who register by May 26th will receive a t-shirt at the event. Those who register after May 26th will receive a t-shirt certificate.

Check-In is required between 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. Please report to the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System parking lot on Skyline Drive. The race will start around 8 a.m.

NEW for 2021:

  • The committee is encouraging participants to pick up their race day packets at Trav's Outfitters (2610 8th Ave SE, Watertown, SD 57201) on Friday, June 11th from 5-7pm.
  • Registration will be held outside on the day of the event.
  • Due to the current road construction on 10th Avenue, please follow the detour to access the parking lot on Skyline Dr.
  • In the event of inclement weather or a COVID-19 surge in our area, this event will be held virtually. Participants will be given until 6/20/2021 to submit their recorded times.
  • Masks will be worn during the registration process and the start of the race until participants are able to socially distance themselves from others.

Your donation of a non-perishable item for the Caring Club House is appreciated!

Registration:

Pre-registration by May 26th is encouraged to receive a shirt on race day!

  • $20 registration fee on or before June 1st
  • $25 registration fee after June 1st
  • Children age 12 and under are free.

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Please, no pets, rollerblades, bicycles, etc. Questions? Call 882-7908.

Register for Hospital Hill Run:

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Breast Cancer Q & A

Posting last reviewed and updated October 2021

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer.

Physicians with Prairie Lakes Healthcare System personalize care. Meet Dr. Farah Haque, Dr. Jeffrey Brindle, and Dr. Jacob Schaeffer.

  • Farah HaqueDr. Haque is an Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist in the lab. 
  • Jeffrey BrindleDr. Brindle is a Radiation Oncologist who cares for cancer patients needing radiation.
  • Jacob SchaefferDr. Schaeffer is a General Surgeon who helps diagnose breast cancer and collaborates with specialists in the treatment of breast cancer.

Question: Does breast cancer show up in blood tests?

Dr. Haque:  At this point, there is no approved blood test that detects "breast cancer" in blood for screening. All that is out on the news is research and experimental. There are some markers that may be indicative of advanced breast cancer, but none of them are definitive either.  Maybe in the future there will be one blood test available as science is advancing so far and fast these days.

Blood testing for BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 mutation analysis can be used as predictors in families with Breast and Ovarian cancer syndrome.

According to the American Cancer Society(ACS), the best screening test for detection of breast cancer is mammography and has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer (starting at age 40), and for those at high risk for breast cancer (starting at age 30).

Clinical breast exams and breast self-exams are additional tools. Women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any changes to a health care provider right away.

The goal of screening tests for breast cancer is to find it before it causes symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis (outlook) of a woman with this disease.

Question: What is the most common stage of breast cancer? 

Dr. Haque: Stage IA. The tumor is small, invasive, and has not spread to the lymph nodes (T1, N0, M0).  Sixty-two percent (62%) of women with breast cancer are diagnosed with this stage.

Question: Is radiation for breast cancer painful?

Dr. Brindle: Breast cancer radiation is not painful, but if there is a brisk skin reaction, then some pain may be present.  However during treatment there is no pain.

Question: What questions should I ask my breast surgeon?

Dr. Schaeffer: A breast cancer diagnosis is a very intimidating time for people. Knowing what questions to ask is difficult and many people forget what they wanted to ask while in the clinic. I recommend bringing along a support person to the clinic appointment. In addition, I would bring something to write on with some questions already written down. This will also help you recall the answers later. He suggests:

  • What type of breast cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread to my lymph nodes or other organs?
  • What stage is the cancer and what does that mean?
  • What tests will I need prior to surgery?
  • What types of surgical options are there?
  • What are the risks of surgery?
  • Will I be asleep for surgery?
  • Can I have reconstruction?
  • What is lymphedema?

Breast Services

Friday, June 12, 2020

John Holley

Friday, June 12, 2020

Clark Likness, MD

In light of the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel events with 50+ people for the next 8 weeks nationwide to try to contain the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic, leadership at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation decided to reschedule the event for Saturday, August 1, 2020. The initial date was April 4, 2020.

BASH is an annual gala fundraising event hosted by the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation, with much support from donors and volunteers. BASH 2020 proceeds will be used to enhance pulmonology services at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.

All event details remain the same, as BASH 2020 will kick off on August 1 at 5:30 pm with a social hour with signature drinks, a wine bar and silent auction bidding. The evening continues with a gourmet dinner, a live auction, and entertainment featuring the MVP Smash band from Minneapolis, MN.

Reservations and sponsorships already received will be applied to the event. Visit the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation’s Facebook page for updates on packages and other exciting event details. Reservations may be made until July 15 and can be done by visiting www.prairielakes.com/bash or calling the Foundation office at 882-7631.

The mission of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation is, “Healthcare is a vital component of a community’s quality of life. Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation exists to raise funds with which to support and advance the health services available to the Watertown area through Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.” Join us at BASH 2020 on August 1 and help us help others to enjoy “A Breath of Fresh Air”.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation      BASH on August 1

 

The 22nd Annual Hospital Hill Run on June 9th featured a 5K run, 5K walk and a one-mile walk for all ages. Proceeds from the Hospital Hill Run benefit the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House.

Fastest 5K male runner was Gregory Mulderink with a time of 21:51.46. Fastest 5K female runner was Erika Zink with a time of 23:39.56 minutes. Read all results

Hill Run Overall male and female winnersonline

The 22nd Annual Hospital Hill Run was organized by its committee, Kris Munger, Tom Beaudry, Dr. Dan Reiffenberger, Jessi Eidson and Jennifer Bender.  Sponsors include Brown Clinic, Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics, Drs. Dan and Sarah Reiffenberger, Consulting Radiologists Limited, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Sanford Clinic - Watertown, Watertown Public Opinion, Innovative Pain and Procedural Center, Watertown DASH, and the Community Blood Bank.

The Prairie Lakes Caring Club House offers a home away from home for out of town patients, outpatients and family members with loved ones being treated at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. 

The 21st Annual Hospital Hill Run on June 10th featured a 5K run, 5K walk and a one-mile walk for all ages. Proceeds from the Hospital Hill Run benefit the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House.

Fastest 5K male runner was Gabe Syhre with a time of 18.52 minutes. Fastest 5K female runner was Brooke Leibel with a time of 22.28 minutes. Read all results

Winners HHR 2017

The 21st Annual Hospital Hill Run was organized by its committee, Kris Munger, Tom Beaudry, Dr. Dan Reiffenberger, Jessi Eidson and Jennifer Bender.  Sponsors include Brown Clinic, Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics, Drs. Dan and Sarah Reiffenberger, Consulting Radiologists Limited, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Sanford Clinic - Watertown, Watertown Public Opinion, Innovative Pain and Procedural Center, and the Community Blood Bank.

The Prairie Lakes Caring Club House offers a home away from home for out of town patients, outpatients and family members with loved ones being treated at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. 

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