Lydia Newman

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Reduce Pain with iovera°

What is iovera°?

iovera° is a safe, innovative, and non-opioid pain relief treatment used prior to knee replacement surgery. It uses extreme cold to stop nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. This effect is immediate, and can last up to 90 days.

The iovera° system is a handheld device that lets Austin Dale, CRNA and Pain Management Specialist, apply just the right amount of extreme cold only to the nerves he wants to target—the ones causing you pain. This process delivers immediate pain relief in the time it takes for a routine doctor’s visit, and it doesn’t hurt. iovera° does not contain medicine, is safe, and does not damage or destroy surrounding tissue.

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Who can benefit from iovera° treatment?

iovera° is a treatment for:

  • People who have osteoarthritis (OA) pain in the knee
  • People who are considering knee replacement surgery (iovera° can be used before surgery)
  • People who have been avoiding surgery due to fear or another reason

iovera° Relieves Pain Before and After Surgery

Total joint surgery may be in your future, but a painful recovery doesn't have to be. The iovera° treatment can be performed prior to knee surgery to help reduce pain after surgery. The system uses the body's natural response to cold to block the signaling portion of a nerve, temporarily reducing pain during the critical weeks following surgery. The results of a clinical trial that compared patients treated with iovera° to patients who were not treated with iovera° showed that iovera° patients had:

  • Fewer opioid prescriptions - Patients who received iovera° treatment requested 45% fewer opioid prescriptions at 12 weeks after knee replacement surgery1
  • Reduction in Knee Pain - Two weeks after surgery, patients treated with iovera° experienced less pain1
  • Faster Discharge - more patients treated with iovera° were discharged within 2 days of surgery1

 Talk to Your Doctor About iovera°

iovera° treatment requires a physician referral.

For a knee consultation, please contact Prairie Lakes Orthopedics at 605-882-2630.

References: 1. Dasa V et al. Knee. 2016;23(3):523-528. 


iovera° applies freezing cold to peripheral nerve tissue to block and/or relieve pain for up to 90 days. It should not be used to treat central nervous system tissue.

Important Safety Information:

The iovera° system should not be used in people with the following conditions:

  • Do not receive treatment with ioveraº if you experience hypersensitivity to cold or have open and/or infected wounds near the treatment site.
  • You may experience bruising, swelling, inflammation and/or redness, local pain and/or tenderness, and altered feeling at the site of application.
  • In treatment area(s), you may experience damage to the skin, skin darkening or lightening, and dimples in the skin.
  • You may experience a temporary loss of your ability to use your muscles normally outside of the treatment area.
  • Talk to your doctor before receiving treatment with ioveraº.
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Sinus Relief with RhinAer

What is chronic rhinitis?

Chronic rhinitis is persistent inflammation of the tissues lining the nose, resulting in symptoms such as a constant runny nose and often post-nasal drip, congestion, coughing, nasal itching, and sneezing. While symptoms may be related to allergies, symptoms from chronic rhinitis may occur all year.

This challenging condition can negatively impact your life in countless ways. And trying to find an effective treatment can be frustrating. Like many, you may manage your symptoms using medications and sprays. Unfortunately, these treatments only provide temporary relief. It’s only when the root cause of your rhinitis is addressed that you can expect to find real, lasting relief.

Symptoms of chronic rhinitis include:Normal vs Rhinitis

  • Persistently runny nose
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching and sneezing

RhinAer® Treatment

Lasting relief is possible.

If any or all of the symptoms listed above sound familiar, you may be one of the millions of people living with chronic rhinitis. Until now, treatment often meant managing symptoms with medications and sprays. For many patients, these symptoms may be caused by abnormal signals in the nose. Now, your physician can offer you RhinAer to disrupt these signals and provide lasting relief. In a clinical study, patients treated with RhinAer experienced significant relief from chronic rhinitis symptoms.1 Patients typically return to normal activity on the same day.*

Lasting Relief: Provides lasting relief of symptoms including runny nose, post-nasal drip, and chronic cough.¹

Non-invasive solution: Minimal discomfort, no incisions, and can be performed in our office.

Live better: In a clinical study, patients reported significant improvements in their symptoms and quality of life.¹ 

Schedule an appointment today!

Call the Prairie Lakes ENT Clinic at 605-882-7740. No referral is necessary. 

View important safety information. 

*Individual results may vary.
¹ Clinical Evaluation of Low Power Radiofrequency Energy Applied to the Posterior Nasal Nerve Area for Symptomatic Relief of Chronic Rhinitis (RhinAer Stylus). Aerin Medical Report TR898.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Nasal Relief with VivAer

What is nasal obstruction?

Many people with nasal obstruction experience difficulty breathing through their nose, habitual snoring, interrupted sleep and fatigue. Nasal obstruction is often caused by anatomical blockage in the nose, hindering airflow. As a result, you may feel congested or “stuffy”. Home remedies and medications may offer temporary relief. It’s only when your nasal airway is opened that you can expect to find real, lasting relief.

 Common symptoms of nasal obstruction:Normal vs Obstructed

  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty breathing during physical exertion

VivAer® Treatment

Lasting relief is possible.

If you regularly experience difficulty breathing through your nose and nothing seems to help, you may have nasal obstruction. Until now, finding a long-term solution often meant surgery. Now, your physician may be able to offer you lasting relief by performing a non-invasive VivAer treatment to open your nasal airway.

Lasting Relief. 97% of patients experienced significant improvement in nasal breathing.¹

Non-invasive solution. Minimal discomfort, no incisions, and can be performed in our office.

Live better. Clinically shown to significantly improve quality of life and provide long-lasting

Breathe better. Live better.

The VivAer treatment is clinically shown to provide high satisfaction and lasting relief.¹ Patients typically return to normal daily activity the same day.*

  • 97% of patients experienced significant improvement in nasal breathing¹
  • 94% of patients improved their ability to get enough air through their nose during exercise or exertion2
  • 89% of patients reported getting a better night’s sleep2

Am I a candidate for the VivAer® treatment?
Cottle Maneuver

Cottle's Maneuver

  1. Place two fingertips on your cheeks, on each side of your nose.
  2. Gently press and pull outward to further open your nasal passage. While holding, breathe through your nose

Did the Cottle's maneuver help you breathe better? If so, you may be a candidate.  

Schedule an appointment today!

Call the Prariei Lakes ENT Clinic at 605-882-7740. No referral is necessary. 

View important safety information. 

*Individual results may vary.
¹ Ephrat M, Jacobowitz O, Driver M. Quality-of-life impact after in-office treatment of nasal valve obstruction with a radiofrequency device: 2-year results from a multicenter prospective clinical trial. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2020;00:1-11
2 Prospective, Multi-Center, Non-Randomized Study to Evaluate the Quality of Life Impact After Treatment of Nasal Airway Obstruction Using the Aerin Medical VivAer Stylus. Aerin Medical Report TR680-01.

WATERTOWN, S.D. – April 18, 2024 – Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is one of the first healthcare systems in South Dakota to implement Ion, a robotic-assisted technology for minimally invasive biopsies deep within the lung not accessible through a traditional bronchoscope.

Dr. Svien Senneintuitive ion system lo res, Pulmonologist at Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic performed the first three Ion assisted procedures today, April 18th, 2024. He is board certified in Pulmonology and sought extra training to perform this advanced procedure. “With this new technology during a procedure, we can achieve greater precision, extend our reach, increase stability, and provide answers sooner,” said Dr. Senne. “It tackles multiple complexities of lung biopsies, and I am thrilled to bring this advanced level of care to our patients.”

During a bronchoscopy with Ion, Dr. Senne uses the controller to navigate to the lung mass along a digitally planned path. The catheter can articulate 180 degrees in any direction to pass through small, difficult to navigate airways and around tight bends to reach all 18 segments of the lung.

Dr. Senne added, “Our goal is to expedite the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, alleviating patient anxiety and minimizing critical waiting periods. By utilizing this innovative technology, we empower patients with timely answers and treatment decisions.”

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. However, when found at an earlier stage, it is more likely to be treated successfully. For more information about Prairie Lakes Pulmonology and this new Ion technology, click here.

As we strive to meet the health needs of our communities, receiving input from our residents is vital. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Human Service Agency have partnered to conduct a community health survey open to all residents in Watertown and the surrounding communities.

This survey is designed to gather valuable insights into the health needs and concerns of our diverse community. By participating in the survey, you contribute to shaping the initiatives and programs that ensure our community's health services align with the real needs of its residents. 

Community Health Survey

Your responses will be kept confidential, and the information gathered will only be used for the purpose of improving community health services. The more voices we have, the better we can tailor our efforts to meet the unique needs of each individual and group within our community.

We appreciate your time and commitment to the well-being of our communities. Your perspective matters, and together, we can build a healthier and more resilient community for everyone!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Scholarships & Internships

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud to offer scholarships and internships that support students entering into the healthcare industry. 

Foundation Scholarship

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is pleased to offer a scholarship to RN students who have successfully completed their first semester of nursing coursework or who have recently obtained their BSN. This scholarship allows for RN students/recent graduates to receive $20,000.00 and pay the amount back in time while working at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.

To be considered for the scholarship, please complete the application below and submit it for review.

Apply Online - Bachelor of Science in Nursing Tuition Reimbursement Loan Application

Nursing Internship Program

  • Application Dates: February 15, 2024 – March 15, 2024
  • Candidate Notifications: April 5, 2024
  • Program Dates: May 20, 2024 – August 9, 2024

Where you begin your nursing journey greatly affects where that journey takes you.

As a nursing student, you can start your journey to a fulfilling career in healthcare at Prairie Lakes! Our Student Nurse Internship Program is designed to offer 1:1 clinical training with experienced healthcare professionals while creating a pathway for student nurses to gain experience in inpatient and specialty areas.This is a paid internship. It is a 12 week program for 240 hours total.

Learn More and Apply Today

Build Dakota Scholarship Partner

The Build Dakota Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by generous business leaders and forward-thinking lawmakers to address South Dakota’s workforce challenges. The Build Dakota Scholarship program supports students entering high-need workforce fields in South Dakota. The program goal is to help close the workforce gap in these high-demand careers by graduating highly skilled workers.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System supports the Build Dakota Scholarship program by being a "Stretch the Million" (STM) industry partner.

How it Works

  • After choosing a student scholar, Prairie Lakes commits to paying half of the expenses of their Build Dakota Scholarship. The scholarship supports tuition, fees, books, and other required program expenses in the eligible college program.
  • By accepting the full-ride scholarship with Prairie Lakes, the student commits to working three years (minimum), full-time for Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.

Please note: Build Dakota applications are managed directly through technical colleges. 

More Information On How To Apply


Friday, February 02, 2024

Keeping Hope Alive - Cardiology 2024

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Keeping Hope Alive

We hope you never have to face heart complications or conditions like heart failure, vascular disease, or heart disease. But if you do, Prairie Lakes Cardiology is right here to ensure you receive the most advanced care and ongoing support that keeps hope alive.

Prairie Lakes Cardiology is committed to providing patients with innovative treatments and caring support.

  • Nationally recognized heart attack care with top specialists
  • Advanced technology
  • Personalized heart failure program
  • Short appointment lead times

Schedule an appointment today or ask about our Heart Failure Program by calling 605-882-7777. No physician referral is necessary.

Prairie Lakes Cardiology sees patients at the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic located on the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Campus in Watertown, SD.

Target Heart Screening

Start prevention now and determine if you are at risk for heart disease with a Target Heart Screening from Prairie Lakes. The screening consists of four tests: CT Calcium Score, Blood Pressure Reading, Lipid Panel and Blood Glucose Test.

The cost is just $45. No physician's order is needed. You can make the appointment at your convenience by calling 605-882-7690. This screening is recommended for men and women within the age range of 40-70 years old. Anyone under 40 years of age must have a physician order to participate.


General Cardiology Conditions:
  • Resistant high blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Atrial fibrillatioin and arrhythmia
  • Heart valve problems
  • High cholesterol
  • Vascular problems
  • Lipid clinic
  • Acute heart attack management
  • Anticoagulation management
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
  • LVAD follow-up
  • Adult congenital heart disease

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PLHC 29copyThe Prairie Lakes Heart Failure Program supports patients with heart failure. Our goal is to help patients and their family members manage heart failure symptoms and improve their quality of life. Patients who enroll in the Heart Failure Program have access to a team of professionals who want to get to know you to provide a treatment plan that best suites your needs and goals.

Your heart failure management plan will be personalized and may include the following:

  • Certified nurse practitioner and physician appointments
  • Personalized symptom management plan
  • Nutrition and diet counseling
  • Exercise appointments with cardiac rehab
  • Weight and water retention monitoring
  • Remote monitoring with CardioMEMS, ICDs, and Pacemakers

Your Health: Our Mission

The acquisition of Brown Clinic by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System will strengthen and provide a full continuum of healthcare services to the Watertown region. 

WATERTOWN, South Dakota (September 12, 2023) – Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Brown Clinic are pleased to announce they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Brown Clinic by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System effective January 1, 2024. Brown Clinic will then become Prairie Lakes Brown Clinic.

“This agreement is monumental for both organizations and a step forward for the community of Watertown,” said Vincent A. “Vince” Foley, Chairman of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors. “Creating more cohesive care will make it easier for patients to access health care services from primary care to specialty and hospital care all under one unified health system.”

“Brown Clinic and Prairie Lakes have a long history of collaboration, so it feels natural to formalize our relationship to ensure that exceptional health care stays local and accessible for Watertown and the surrounding communities,” added Stacie Lenssen, MD, Brown Clinic, General Partner.

In May 2023, the organizations signed a letter of intent and entered into a period of due diligence to reach a definitive agreement. “The due diligence period allowed both organizations to explore the opportunities and benefits of integrating our clinical operations and developing plans to move forward. The next step in the transition is getting into the specifics of processes, systems, people, and protocols that need to be in place before January,” commented John Allen, CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.

Lenssen noted that “We are excited to advance to the next chapter of providing a comprehensive continuum of healthcare services to the community, supporting medical provider and service line growth, and continuing to strengthen the outstanding patient-centered care our teams provide every day.”

There are many details of the agreement that will be addressed during the transition period that will take place between now and January 1st, 2024. A "frequently asked questions" document is available below.

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About Prairie Lakes Healthcare System
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is an independent organization that provides care for 90,000 people in a ten-county region of northeast South Dakota and western Minnesota. Prairie Lakes is licensed to operate 81 acute care hospital beds including Labor and Delivery, Telemetry, Critical Care, and general hospital. Hospital services also include a 24-hour emergency department, surgical services, Interventional Cardiology, and services providing diagnostics and imaging services.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System also operates Prairie Lakes Cancer Center, Prairie Lakes Mallard Pointe Surgical Center, dialysis units in Sisseton, SD, Watertown, SD and Ortonville, MN, rehabilitation services, and specialty services. Specialty services are a focus of Prairie Lakes to bring needed care to the Watertown region. These specialties include Cardiology, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, General Surgery, Hospice, Home Care, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Urology, and Wound Care.

About Brown Clinic

Brown Clinic, PLLP is a physician-owned and operated outpatient clinic. Based in Watertown, SD, Brown Clinic offers primary care and subspecialty physicians and advanced practice practitioners including family and internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, podiatry and pharmaceutical care. It provides more than 70,000 medical patient visits annually and a full array of advanced diagnostic, laboratory and state-of-the-art imaging services, Brown Clinic is certified as a level three Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and participates as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Frequently Asked Questions

The Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation and the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation are excited to jointly host the 2023 Feuerstein Series Event on Monday, October 9 at 7pm.

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough and stubborn. Erin is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths." She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell. She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me.

In 2000, Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force film, Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels…she continues to fight hard and win big!

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Sponsorship Information


  • Recognition (with business logo) displayed at event/business banner if applicable
  • Recognition (with business logo, if submitted) on Social Media
  • Access for 12 guests for the VIP Private Reception event (with hors d’oeuvres)
  • Complimentary reserved premium seating for 12 guests at the public event

Gold …………………….……………$3,000.00

  • Recognition (with business logo) displayed at event
  • Recognition (with business logo, if submitted) on Social Media
  • Access for 8 guests for the VIP Private Reception event (with hors d’oeuvres)
  • Complimentary reserved premier seating for 8 guests at the public event

Silver ……………………………….…$1,000.00                                                             

  • Recognition (with business logo) displayed at event
  • Access for 5 guests for the VIP Private Reception event (with hors d’oeuvres)
  • Complimentary reserved premier seating for 5 guests at the public event 

Ticket Options

  • Individual Event Tickets (1-9 qty)…..$50/each 
  • Individual Event Tickets (10+ qty)….$40/each if purchased at the same time
  • Student Tickets (1-9 qty)…..$40/each *Student ID must be shown at check-in
  • Student Tickets (10+ qty)…$30/each if purchased at the same time *Student ID must be shown at check-in
  • If tickets remain after October 2nd, price will be $60/each, no discounts

Please Note: Tickets will not be sold at the door the night of the event.

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Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes licensed and board-certified Physician Assistant, Joseph Bretschneider, PA-C, to the Urology Clinic staff. He joins Dr. Henri Lanctin, Dr. Keegan Maxwell and Abby Wookey, PA-C in the expert care of patients with conditions related to the urinary tract and male reproductive system.

Bretschneider received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He completed several of his clinical rotations at Brown Clinic and at Prairie Lakes. Bretschneider received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry from South Dakota State University in Brookings. He relocated to Watertown with his wife and two-year-old son from Tracy, MN where he served the role of a primary care provider in addition to covering their emergency department for the past seven years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and riding motorcycle. He is an avid NASCAR fan and a classic car/hot rod enthusiast.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to specialize within my profession after spending the past several years in general practice. I look forward to getting to know patients while helping them understand and improve their urological conditions,” Bretschneider said. “Watertown is a wonderful community and my family and I are excited to be part of it.”

Prairie Lakes Urology is located at the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic in Watertown, SD. To schedule an appointment, call 605-882-7777.

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