Case Studies

Building a Dedicated, Sustainable Behavioral Health Workforce

A strong workforce binds every complex network or system that supports human well-being. This is especially true in healthcare, where everyone from emergency responders to surgeons to pharmacists collaborate to protect and save lives. In rural communities, however, the healthcare workforce faces a... Read More

Avera Cancer Institute Pierre Meets Rural Patients Where They Are

Long distances. Time away from family. Gasoline. Inclement weather. Hotel rooms that don’t feel like home. Travel can be tiring for anyone. Unfortunately for rural cancer patients, travel is too often part of getting treatment. Radiation therapy demands daily treatment for five to eight weeks. And... Read More

Making a Big Difference in a Small Town

ELGIN, ND—Small hospitals, the centers of vital emergency care, face many challenges and typically struggle to obtain new technology on a limited budget. When emergencies arise, these hospitals are tasked with saving the lives of those who live nearby, assessing injuries, and making life-or-death... Read More

Celebrating National Rural Health Day with Walter Panzirer

This year on National Rural Health Day , we join people from across the country to celebrate major achievements in rural health and look forward to the exciting advancements yet to come. We sat down with Trustee Walter Panzirer to explore why rural America is so close to his heart and to talk about... Read More

Celebrating Healthcare Simulation Week

In honor of Healthcare Simulation Week, we are sharing stories from Simulation in Motion (SIM), a mobile education training system that brings state–of-the-art, hands-on training to prehospital and hospital personnel. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $20 million for SIM. The... Read More

Making Strides in Native American Health

Dr. Donald Warne, an Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995 as a primary care physician. “I went into primary care a little naively,” he now admits. “I thought I could have a big impact on Indian health as a... Read More