Asthma: Leaving Kids Breathless

It’s a sunny afternoon, and you’re watching your child and his friends scurry around in a game of tag. Your child, however, isn’t laughing or having fun. Instead, he’s hunched over, hands on knees, relentlessly coughing and struggling to catch his breath. Read More »
Children's Health · Avera Health

Medicare: Having the Talk with Your Parents

If your parents are nearing retirement age, you might want to make sure they’re on the right track for health coverage past 65. Broaching the subject of your parents’ financial stability can be difficult. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Read More »
News and Events · Avera Health

Premiums: Keeping the Pool Full (Infographic)

If your employer offers you health insurance coverage, your premium payment is probably taken out of your paycheck without much notice.But what exactly does that premium do, and why do you pay for that, in addition to deductible and co-payments when you get care? Read More »
Health Insurance · Avera Health

Health Insurance Perks: Take Advantage of Free Preventive Services

As a doctor, wellness and nutrition have always been a priority for my family and myself because I’m well aware of the statistics. One example is obesity, which affects our health in many ways. Just think, in the past 30 years obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »
Health Insurance · Avera Health

Breast Cancer Survivor: Be a Creator, not a Victim

“You can either be a victim or a creator.” That’s a passionate lesson Karin Burdick tells students in her Strategies for Academic Success class at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Today, Burdick is receiving treatment for breast cancer, and is using her experience to create awareness that cancer can affect anyone. Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health
Cindy Foerster

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness: Cindy’s Story

When Cindy Foerster of Brookings found a lump on her breast in July 2013, the last thing on her mind was cancer. She was looking forward to celebrating her five-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Matt. Cindy had doubts about whether it could be breast cancer — she didn’t have a family history, she was only 36, and her most recent checkup had uncovered no concerns. Read More »
Cancer Care, Patient Stories, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health