Hollingsworth keynote speaker at health leadership luncheon

Hollingsworth keynote speaker at health leadership luncheon Doneen Hollingsworth, South Dakota's secretary of health, was the keynote speaker at the Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation Community Health Leadership Luncheon at the USD Coyote Student Center on Friday, Nov. 1, in Vermillion.

Hollingsworth spoke on the topic of Current Health Care Issues in South Dakota. She has led South Dakota's Department of Health since she was appointed by Gov. William J. Janklow in 1995. A Vermillion native and graduate of The University of South Dakota, Hollingsworth is recognized as a leader in public health and preparedness.

The Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation is a local non-profit health care association which owns the health facilities in Vermillion operated as Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center through a partnership lease agreement with Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System. For 70 years, Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation has provided charitable support to help improve the health of the individuals and communities it serves.

Also at the luncheon, an update was provided by John Paulson, CEO of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and a review of recent activities of the association was presented by John Gors, president.

Max Andersen, laboratory manager of Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital for the past 35 years, was recognized with the Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation's Community Health Service Award. This award is given to recognize sustained and unique contributions to health services in the Vermillion area. The 2001 recipients were Dr. Thomas Olson and Dr. William Dendinger.

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