New services help post-acute, hospital partnerships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society opened its first hemodialysis suite two years ago at Sioux Falls Village, a nursing home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Up to eight patients can receive treatment at a time, according to Aimee Middleton, vice president of operations for the nonprofit.

Sanford Health, which owns Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan and provides dialysis services at nearby Sanford USD Medical Center, staffs the nursing home’s dialysis suite, she said. Middleton estimated 50 residents have been treated since the suite opened.

“Patients can do their physical therapy and dialysis at the same location and that allows the care team to develop a comprehensive care plan,” Middleton said. “We can coordinate that and it makes a big difference getting that resident out of the hospital and into a lower level of care sooner.”

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