SVVC offers alphabet soup of services by M. Jill Sundstrom In the nine years since Sioux Valley Hospital first signed its lease to manage what was formerly known as Dakota Hospital in Vermillion, great strides have been made to improve the scope of the health facility�s care.
The hospital, clinic, care center, congregate housing and home care services all fall under the auspices of Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus, as it is now known.
�The hospital has 36 beds, with two labor and delivery suites, two intensive care units and a surgical unit,� said Stacy Kern, director of management services. �We also have a lab and radiology, physical, occupational and speech therapy, anesthesia, and cardiac rehab departments within the hospital, along with the emergency services that are available.�
Up to eight practitioners can base themselves at the newly renovated clinic. Family practice is the focus of the clinic, which includes a full-time family practitioner, a full-time surgeon/family practitioner, a full-time physician assistant and a part-time physician assistant on staff.
The care center, which is currently undergoing a major construction and remodeling project, has 66 beds, while congregate living offers 23 apartments for senior citizens who want to maintain their independence while taking advantage of the care that is available from the nearby medical facility.
Home care services give people a chance to stay in their homes with help that ranges from supplying medical equipment and administering medications, to light housekeeping and bathing assistance.
But with all that Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus has to offer, there is much more in its outreach program, according to Kern and Mary Isaacson, RN, director of outpatient and community outreach.
Specialty clinics offer patients from Clay, Union, Turner and Yankton counties an alphabet soup of medical services for their benefit.
On a weekly basis, orthopedics and cardiology specialists are available in Vermillion. Twice a month, patients can visit doctors who specialize in ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, neurology and urology.
Once a month, specialists dealing with oncology, podiatry, OB/GYN, plastic surgery and dermatology come to SVVC, while an allergist visits every other month.
Doctors come from Sioux Falls, Sioux City and Yankton for the specialty clinics.
�Specialists may be colleagues working with doctors here, or a family practitioner may refer patients to a particular doctor who comes to Vermillion on an outpatient basis,� Isaacson said. �Or a new doctor may contact the Vermillion hospital to offer services in order to build clientele. They all work with the CEO for courtesy privileges and that�s how we draw from such a wide area for the doctors who come here.�
But wait, there�s more, as the old advertising saying goes.
�We have a mobile cardiovascular diagnostics lab based here,� Isaacson said. �The services offered include echo cardiograms and venous and arterial doppler studies.�
Mobile units based elsewhere can also provide the area with sleep studies and MRIs. Pre-natal classes are offered every quarter, meeting one evening a week for eight weeks, and diabetes support groups meet once a month.
�Once a year we also offer ?Partners in Prevention� which deals with every aspect of heart disease screening,� Kern said. �Sports One is also available on request for wellness screening, but its not necessarily just for sports. Businesses can use it, too.�
The advantages of visiting specialists and mobile units are many, but they benefit patients most.
�Many times it just isn�t possible for a cardiac patient, for example, to travel to Sioux Falls or Sioux City for rehab,� Kern said. �It can be a real burden. When we can offer the service here, it�s much better for those who find it difficult to travel as they recover.�
Despite the long list of services, �there is still more we�d like to offer,� Isaacson said. �The public needs information and services, and I�m always searching for what can be made available.
�That�s what makes Sioux Valley�s management of the hospital different than it was before,� she continued. �Sioux Valley wants to keep pace with the changing needs and desires of our patients. And we�re fortunate that our resources are so vast.�
�There�s a constant flow of knowledge and services,� Kern added. �And there�s definitely more to come.�