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We're a Top 100 Hospital!

Monday, March 29, 2021
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Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.…

Prairie Lakes Welcomes New Therapists to Rehab

Monday, March 22, 2021
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Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) is proud to announce the recent addition of physical, occupational, and speech therapists to Rehabilitation Services. Mariko Oro, Speech-Language Pathologist, Haley Rowland, Physical Therapist, and Tyler Rowland, Occupational Therapist. Oro grew up in New York and moved to the area from Washington with her husband…

New Respite Lounge for Staff

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is excited to announce the opening of its first Staff Respite Lounge, an extension of programs Prairie Lakes has implemented for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. This lounge was made possible by a $4,000 donation from the Watertown Rotary Club and a $3,000 donation and interior…

Collaboration: COVID Vaccine for School Staff

Sunday, March 14, 2021
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Thank you to our Prairie Lakes team and community for working together - over 450 teachers received the Moderna vaccine on Friday, March 12! Follow the link to hear from Joyce Hallauer, a key staff member helping organize Prairie Lakes' vaccine efforts, and see a glimpse of the smooth process…

Save the Date for BASH 2021

Monday, March 08, 2021
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We can’t wait to get together again – that’s why Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation is excited to announce BASH (Building A Superior Healthcare System) will be held on Saturday, September 11 at the Watertown Event Center. BASH 2021 will have an airy, fresh, and welcoming theme to encourage guests to…

Ladies Night Out 2021 Update

Monday, February 22, 2021
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For more than a decade Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has offered Ladies Night Out as a free event for women wanting to socialize, learn about health and wellness, and have fun.  In 2021 join us for a similar experience online on Friday, April 23. This year’s Ladies Night Out will…

Fjeldheim Completes Pain Science Fellowship

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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Eric Fjeldheim, Physical Therapist with Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services is one of only 20 fellows in the United States to complete the Fellowship in Pain Sciences through Evidence in Motion. Fjeldheim completed his Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification in 2018 to broaden the scope of practice available to people receiving rehabilitation…

New Young Athlete Walk-In Clinic

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud to announce the Young Athlete Walk-in Clinic, a free clinic to screen student athletes with sports injuries and concerns. Sports injuries can happen to athletes of all ages. Elementary through high school-aged students can receive a free athletic screening for orthopedic injuries or concerns…

Dr. Melanson, SDAHO Healthcare Hero

Monday, February 08, 2021
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Healthcare professionals across the globe are doing truly amazing and even heroic work every day. There is no doubt, COVID-19 has placed a brighter spotlight on the care and compassion these folks are providing during these unprecedented times. The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations applauds this week’s Healthcare Hero…

Welcome Dr. Rao, Oncologist

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes Vijay Rao, MD, oncologist and hematologist. He joins staff at the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center; including, Bipin Amin, MD, Jeffrey Brindle, MD, and Kristina Rieffenberger, CNP. Dr. Rao is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. For over 13 years he’s compassionately served patients with…