Conversations on Health and Well-Being

Conversations on Health and Well Being

While healthcare is always changing, one thing that remains the same is the dedicated, skilled and compassionate people at the heart of healthcare.  Anyone who has had any interaction in healthcare can recall that one person – a nurse, physician, emergency responder, lab or imaging staff, or the office person who took an extra moment with you… a person who was there for you in a time of need.  As rural communities at times are challenged to recruit and retain healthcare providers, what creative solutions are addressing the needs of these special people?

In this installment of Conversations on Health and Wellbeing, Host Kristin DeArruda Wharton speaks with Sheryl Sandahl, Interim Dean of Nursing at the College of Saint Scholastica to learn the differences between nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and family physicians. Kristin also talks with Bryan Slaba, CEO of Wagner Memorial Hospital, who created an innovative program to deal with Emergency Room staffing, community housing, and economic development in rural Wagner South Dakota.