receives healthcare grant The South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Partnership Fund has awarded its first round of grants. Six health facilities and a social services agency will share $67,312 in grant funds to support workforce projects ranging from online education centers to camps that allow high school students to explore health careers. Recipients of this yearâ�?�?s grants include Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, which received $10,000 to provide a three-day healthcare career camp for high school counselors. â�?�?South Dakotaâ�?�?s population is aging, baby boomers in healthcare are retiring and there are fewer high school graduates to replace them which means weâ�?�?re facing critical needs for workers across the healthcare industry,â�? said Halley Lee, Manager of the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center for the Department of Health. â�?�?Facilities across the state are working hard to recruit and retain healthcare workers and to promote health careers to our students still in school. The partnership fund was created to provide some support for those efforts.â�? The South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Partnership Fund was established in conjunction with the South Dakota Community Foundation to support innovative healthcare workforce projects in the state. Financial support was provided by Avera Health, Regional Health and Sanford Health. For more information about the partnership fund and its projects, contact the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center at 605-773-3361.