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Dr. Weber Completes Board Recertification


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Family Medicine physician, Scott A. Weber, D.O., has completed continuing medical education requirements to retain active board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Weber earned Diplomate status by passing the American Board of Family Medicine’s stringent recertification examination, a test of the physician’s abilities in the field of Family Medicine; professionalism; self-assessment and lifelong learning; and performance in practice.

Dr. Weber has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since April 2002. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD; the Director of Sports Medicine at Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD; and was the recipient of the 2011 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. In addition, he is Board Certified in Sports Medicine with a certificate of added qualification by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).




YMC Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Earns ACR Re-Accreditation


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has been awarded a three-year term of re-accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. uses only board certified technologists in mammography to perform digital mammograms for their patients. In addition, Board Certified Radiologist, Will Eidsness, MD, is onsite to read all scans performed at the Clinic.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Above photo: L to r: Bev Karstens, BA, RTRM, Team Leader; Kelsey Buschkamp, RTRM; Jill Potts-Griess, RTRM; Sheri Goeken, BS, RTRM; Will Eidsness, MD, Board Certified Radiologist; and Paulette Dreesen, RTRM. Not pictured: Jen Kreber-Torsney, RTRM and Karissa Heine, RTRM.




YMC Earns Breast MRI Reaccreditation


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. (YMC) has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

YMC is Yankton’s only facility equipped with Breast MRI. In addition, board certified Radiologist, Will Eidsness, M.D., and a one hundred percent fully board certified staff, assures patients of quality imaging and the highest possible expertise in reading MRI images.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Above photo: (left to right): Front l to r: Jean DeGroot, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR); Tricia Prouty, BS, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR) Back l to r: Dr. Will Eidsness, Board Certified Radiologist; Allene Sommer, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR); Amy Wishon, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR)




YMC Earns CT Reaccreditation


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. uses only technologists board certified in computed tomography to perform CT scans for their patients. In addition, Board Certified Radiologist, Will Eidsness, MD, is onsite to read all scans performed at the Clinic.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Above photo: (left to right): Jean DeGroot, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR), Team Leader; Amy Wishon, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR); Will Eidsness, Board Certified Radiologist; Allene Sommer, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR); Janet Sedlacek, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR); and Tricia Prouty, BS, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR).




YMC Announces Scholarship Winners


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Scholarship Program award winners.

Four $1,000 scholarships were available for application to high school seniors located in the Yankton Medical Clinic service area who have an interest in pursuing a major in a medical field. One $1,000 scholarship award was available to a student currently enrolled in a laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy or nursing program, with preference given to those with an intention to return to work within a 50-mile radius of Yankton, SD. In addition, a $5,000 scholarship award was available to a third-year medical student of Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, with preference given to those entering a primary care field (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN) with an intention to return to practice medicine within a 50-mile radius of Yankton, SD. Total scholarship dollars amount to $10,000 for area students.

Yankton Medical Clinic, PC created the scholarship program to promote higher education and to provide resources for area youth to seek higher education in the medical field.

The scholarship selection committee reviewed applications from a large and outstanding list of students. The chosen award winners distinguished themselves by their academic accomplishments and their school, church, and civic activities.

One of the six scholarships is being given in honor of the late Dr. Theodore H. Sattler. Dr. Sattler was one of the original physicians of Yankton Clinic, which later merged with the Medical Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Dr. Sattler retired from the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1992.

The 2014 Dr. Theodore H. Sattler/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Abby Schulte from Yankton Senior High School, Yankton, SD.

A second scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. Jay W. Hubner. Dr. Hubner began his practice with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1973, and retired in 2006. His father, the late Dr. R.F. Hubner was one of the original physicians of the Medical Clinic, which later merged with the Yankton Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The 2014 Dr. Jay W. Hubner/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Matthew Preszler from Menno High School, Menno, SD.

A third scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. Michael R. McVay. Dr. McVay began his practice with Yankton Clinic in 1978, and retired in 2009. He began his practice as a cardiologist after completing a fellowship in 1981. His father, the late Dr. Chester McVay, was one of the original physicians of Yankton Clinic, which later merged with the Yankton Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The 2014 Dr. Michael R. McVay/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Shelby Van Driel from Scotland High School, Scotland, SD.

The fourth scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. John C. Sternquist. Dr. Sternquist began his surgical medical practice with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1980, and retired in 2009.

The 2014 Dr. John C. Sternquist/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Jacob Morrill from, Creighton Community Schools, Creighton, NE.

The 2014 Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Medical Professional Scholarship recipient is Bailey Kuchta, a Mount Marty College nursing student from Wynot, NE.

The 2014 Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Medical Student Scholarship recipient is Abigail Lichter of Yankton, SD.

The Yankton Medical Clinic wishes the award winners and all of the applicants great success and good wishes in their future endeavors.

Questions regarding the Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship Program should be directed to your local high school guidance counselor or the Marketing Department at the Clinic.




FREE SCREENINGS DISCLOSE SUSPECTED SKIN CANCERS


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Board Certified Dermatologist, James W. Young, D.O., FAOCD, conducted free skin cancer screenings on May 6th. Forty-seven patients, many of whom had never been examined before by a dermatologist, attended the screening.

Dr. Young volunteered his time to conduct free skin cancer screenings in support of the national program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

Of the forty-seven patients screened, many had suspicious lesions which will necessitate follow up; several of those could possibly be non-melanoma skin cancer, or melanoma skin cancer, the most serious form of skin cancer.

More than one million Americans will probably get skin cancer this year. However, if detected and treated early, this disease can often be cured. If we learn the early warning signs of skin cancer and conduct self-examinations, we can put a stop to this ever-growing disease.

Dr. Young has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since June 1998. Please call 605-665-1722 for an appointment at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. For appointments at his dermatology outreach clinic in Freeman call 605-925-4219 and in Vermillion call 605-624-8643.




YMC Audiologist Attends Convention in Arizona


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Audiologist, Jason R. Howe, MS, FAAA, CCC-A, recently attended the American Auditory Society Scientific and Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. This meeting is designed for audiologists, neurologists, neurotologists, otolaryngologists, oto-neurologists, scientists, and students in these respected areas interested in hearing, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing aids.

Topics included: Interaction of multiple auditory stead-state response stimuli that vary in modulation depth; Progress in the development of methodologies for direct inner ear drug delivery in humans; Epidemiology of dizziness in children; Failure to thrive in older adults with untreated hearing loss; Accelerated decline in cognitive impairment—the real danger of untreated hearing loss; Electrocochleography results obtained at high stimulus rates in patients with acoustic tumor; Hearing aids do work—a patient’s perspective; Pharmacokinetics of the inner ear with locally applied drugs; Post-synaptic auditory neuron speeds in aided and unaided hearing impaired adults; Hearing aid utilization—“Free” hearing aids does not translate to higher utilization; and Gene therapy for cochlear hearing loss.

Howe offers audiology evaluations and services for pediatric through adult patients. Appointments may be scheduled at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. by calling (605) 665-1722 or Vermillion Medical Clinic by calling (605) 624-8643.




YMC Cardiovascular Laboratory Reaccredited by ICA


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Diagnostic Imaging Services, Cardiovascular Laboratory has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICA, formally known as the ICAVL).

Vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive ultrasound method (also called a duplex study) using high-frequency sound waves to examine the blood circulation in the arms and legs.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is accredited in extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral venous testing and peripheral arterial testing. In addition, Yankton Medical Clinic utilizes only ultrasound board certified technologists to perform all types ultrasound testing.

The purpose of the IAC Vascular Testing accreditation program is “to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality vascular diagnostic evaluations by a process of accreditation.” Through the accreditation process, facilities assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. Because accreditation is renewed every three years, a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment is developed and maintained.




Dr. Pietila Awarded Fellowship


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Pulmonologist, Michael P. Pietila, M.D., FCCP, FACP has been awarded a Fellowship position with the American College of Physicians (ACP).

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists — physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 137,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Pietila is board certified in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since July 2006. Dr. Pietila specializes in the care of adult patients with a variety of lung conditions including cough, bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, tobacco abuse, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and other lung diseases. He has a special interest in sleep medicine; especially the areas of snoring and sleep apnea.

If you desire an appointment with Dr. Pietila please ask your regular physician or contact Yankton Medical Clinic, referral is not necessary. Dr. Pietila also has outreach clinics at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital/Specialty clinic in O’Neill, NE; Osmond General Hospital in Osmond, NE; Plainview Hospital in Plainview, NE; Creighton Area Health Services in Creighton, NE; and St. Benedict’s Hospital & Clinic in Parkston, SD.




YMC Earns MRI Re-Accreditation


MRI 2014 Front l to r: Jean DeGroot, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR), Tricia Prouty, BS, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR) Back l to r: Dr. Will Eidsness, Allene Sommer, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR), Amy Wishon, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR)

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a safe noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Yankton Medical Clinic is Yankton’s only facility accredited in all six MRI modalities including: Head, Spine, MSK (musculoskeletal), Body (organs), MRA (angiograms); and Breast. In addition, Yankton Medical Clinic utilizes only MRI board certified technologists to perform MRIs. Onsite Board Certified Radiologist, Will Eidsness, MD, reads all scans performed at the Clinic.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.




Dr. Bassing Earns Board Certification


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Rheumatologist, Leann Bassing, M.D. has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in the specialty of Rheumatology. Dr. Bassing earned board certification by passing the ABIM’s stringent certification examination, a test of the physician’s abilities in the field of rheumatology. Dr. Bassing treats arthritis, including rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and complex forms such as gout; certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and vasculitis; and musculoskeletal pain disorders such as fibromyalgia. Dr. Bassing has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since July 2012.




Dr. Sternquist Earns Board Certification


Donation Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Jill F. Sternquist, M.D. has been certified as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Sternquist earned Fellow status by passing the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ stringent certification examination, a test of the physician’s abilities in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists requires members to continue to demonstrate their competence in the specialty by taking recertification exams every five years. Dr. Sternquist has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since August 2011. In addition to seeing patients in Yankton, she has an outreach clinic at Vermillion Medical Clinic in Vermillion, SD.




YMC Nurses Complete Training


Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Connie Svanda and Jodi Schultz have successfully completed a two-day chemotherapy and biotherapy course in Sioux Falls, SD. Svanda and Schultz are registered nurses in Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.’s Infusion Center.




Gazelles Make Pink Out Donation to YMC


Donation Yankton High School volleyball team members presented Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. with money raised from the team’s Pink Out Night. The money will be used to aid in funding mammograms for area women. Pictured from left to right: Emily Bos, Hailey Bockholt, Brooke Wuebben, Diane Larson (YMC), Bev Karstens (YMC), Jessie Anderson, Rylee Smith, and Molly King.

 

 

 




Yankton Medical Clinic Earns Reaccreditation from AIUM


The Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is pleased to announce that Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. has achieved reaccreditation in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Abdominal, and General ultrasounds.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage, and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs.

The AIUM is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9,200 physicians, sonographers, and scientists dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.’s onsite radiologist, Will Eidsness, MD, and all sonographers are board certified.




Dr. Pietila Awarded Early Career Physician Award


Dr. Howe Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Board Certified Pulmonologist, Michael P. Pietila, MD, FCCP, was awarded the Early Career Physician Award by the South Dakota chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) at the annual state meeting in Deadwood, SD on September 11-13, 2013.

Dr. Pietila is a South Dakota native born and raised in Lake Norden. His undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Microbiology are from South Dakota State University and his medical doctor degree from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Pietila completed his Internal medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Pietila is the outgoing Chief of Staff and current Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. Currently he is an Assistant Academic Professor of Internal Medicine at the Sanford School of Medicine and has participated regularly at state ACP meetings as both presenter and moderator.

The Early Career Physician Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a physician member who is within 16 years of graduating medical school and who is not an ACP Medical Student Member or Resident/Fellow Member. Areas of achievement may include leadership; academics, including publishing, teaching, and mentoring; and/or volunteerism.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists-physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 137,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.




Dr. Collison Accepted for Publication


Dr. Howe An article by Patrick J. Collison M.D. has been accepted for publication in the next issue of Plains Anthropologist, the flagship journal of Great Plains anthropology and archaeology. The article is entitled "Bastions, Beads, Baptisms, and Burials: Evidence for Epidemic Disease among the Arikara and their Ancestors". In this review, Dr. Collison presents the historical, archaeological, and osteological evidence for introduced epidemic disease and depopulation among the Plains Village tribes along the Missouri River trench in the centuries after initial Euro-American contact. He concludes that infectious disease, especially smallpox, caused a severe demographic collapse that began by the 1600s, long before the first historically recorded epidemics, and was nearly complete at the time of sustained Euro-American presence. The quarterly journal Plains Anthropologist is available in the periodical section of University Libraries at the University of South Dakota, and most state university libraries in the Great Plains area.

Dr. Collison has been a practicing Otolaryngologist at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since 1995, and has served as a researcher and instructor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of South Dakota.




YMC Audiologist Named Academy Scholar


Dr. Howe Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. audiologist, Jason R. Howe, MS, FAAA, CCC-A, was recently recognized by the American Academy of Audiology as an Academy Scholar. The American Academy of Audiology honors individuals who complete a total of 50 hours of continuing education in a two year period. Howe completed 56.5 hours of continuing education from January 2011 through December 2012.

Howe offers audiology and hearing aid services for pediatric through adult patients. Appointments may be scheduled at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. by calling (605) 665-1722 or Vermillion Medical Clinic by calling (605) 624-8643.




YMC Welcomes New Family Medicine Physician


Dr. Pietz Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Board Certified Family Medicine physician, Carrissa Pietz, M.D., to our physician staff.

Dr. Pietz is originally from Lesterville, SD and completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Marty College. She is a graduate of Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. Dr. Pietz completed her family medicine residency at Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency, Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Pietz joins Drs. David Barnes, McKenzie Hanson, Scott Weber, and Certified Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer McGinnis, in providing family care.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pietz, her husband, Aaron, and their children, Noah and Carson, to Yankton.

Dr. Pietz will begin seeing patients at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. on September 9, 2013. Appointments can be made by calling (605) 665-8910.




VMC Recognized for Quality Lab Services


Vermillion Medical Clinic Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Vermillion Medical Clinic Laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.

COLA is nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.




Yankton Medical Clinic Pharmacy Offering Innovative and Convenient Prescription Refills


Pharmacy Staff PHOTO-Left to Right: Jean Pinkelman - PharmD, Ken Jones - RPH (Registered Pharmacist), Jennifer Haberer - Certified Pharmacy Tech, Mary Strom - RPH (Registered Pharmacist), Emily Conn - Certified Pharmacy Tech, Carmen Hutchison - PharmD, Brandon Kirchner - PharmD, Cheri Leader - Certified Pharmacy Tech, and Amber Hirsch – Certified Pharmacy Clerk.

Yankton Medical Clinic's pharmacy announces the addition of two computer-savvy options to refill prescriptions. Effective immediately, pharmacy customers can request refills by going online to a new web site (www.RefillRx.com) and following simple prompts, or they can download a free App (RefillRx Mobile) to their Smart Phone that processes and confirms refill requests. The Yankton Medical Clinic added the online and Smart Phone options in addition to their current options which include call-in refills, patient portal requests, and drive-thru request and pick up.

"Offering our customers options and convenience is important to us," said Carmen Hutchison, Pharm. D., Yankton Medical Clinic Pharmacy Manager. "These new additions allow people the privacy and 'round the clock ease of taking care of prescription refills when a phone call just isn't possible."

The following steps included below make it easy to sign up, download, or register for either new method.

To request refills using your Smart Phone:

  1. Go to the App Store
  2. Download the "RefillRx Mobile" Free App
  3. Click on the "RefillRx Mobile" icon
  4. Select "Scan Barcode"
  5. Align your Rx barcode inside the box-it automatically snaps a picture
  6. Your refill has been sent!

To request refills using the internet:
  1. Go to www.RefillRx.com
  2. Click on "Register"
  3. Locate Yankton Medical Clinic Pharmacy
  4. Input your Patient Information
  5. Create your Username and Password
  6. View/Refill your Prescriptions




Dr. Pietila Receives Board Recertification


Dr. Pietila Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Pulmonologist, Michael P. Pietila, MD, FCCP, has been recertified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Dr. Pietila earned Diplomat status by passing the ABIM's stringent recertification examination, a test of the physician's abilities in the field of adult medicine. He also met ABIM's rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment and evaluation. ABIM Diplomats must continue to demonstrate their competence in the specialty by taking recertification exams every 10 years.

Dr. Pietila has been in Pulmonology and Critical Care practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since July 2006. In addition to seeing patients in Yankton, he has outreach clinics in Parkston, SD; Creighton, NE; O'Neill, NE; and Plainview, NE.




YMC Pharmacy Announces Board Certifications


Pharmacy Board Certifications

Attached photo left to right: Jennifer Haberer (Crofton), Emily Conn (Yankton), Cheri Leader (Crofton), and Amber Hirsch (Yankton)

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. and Yankton Medical Clinic Pharmacy are pleased to announce the recent Board Certification of Pharmacy Technicians Emily Conn, Jennifer Haberer, Amber Hirsch and Cheri Leader.

Each became Board Certified by passing a stringent examination given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). PTCB’s certification program is the gold standard for certifying pharmacy technicians. Since 1995 PTCB has developed, maintained, and administered a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.

Board Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) work with pharmacists to run pharmacies smoothly and provide safe, effective patient care.




YMC Audiologist Attends Continuing Education


Dr. Howe Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Audiologist, Jason R. Howe, MS, FAAA, CCC-A, recently attended the American Academy of Audiology Conference in Anaheim, CA. This meeting is designed for audiologists, otolaryngologists, scientists, and students in these respected areas interested in hearing, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing aids.

Topics included: Application of the SoundBite prosthetic bone conduction device; Pre and post surgical considerations in a bone-anchored hearing program; Review of neuroanatomy and related terminology; Supra-threshold measures of the auditory system for the geriatric patient; A physicians perspective of the audiology report-what do physicians read in the audiology report; Vestibular grand rounds-complicated cases in dizzy patients; Nonlinear frequency compression in hearing aids-what works, what doesn't; Counseling patients on the importance of hearing protection regardless of the hearing loss; Application of evidence-based practice in the audiology clinic; Vestibular case studies-a video review of vestibular abnormalities; The importance of diagnosing and treating hearing loss in the "young" geriatric patient; Denial-the number one reason for poor utilization of hearing aids; Irreversible damage to the auditory cortex in adults with untreated hearing loss-electrophysiological findings; Neurodiagnostic imaging in adults with untreated hearing loss; Tinnitus-myths in the medical community; and Physicians perspective of hearing aid(s)--educating physicians about implications of not addressing hearing loss.

Howe offers audiology evaluations and services for pediatric through adult patients. Appointments may be scheduled at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. by calling (605) 665-1722 or the Vermillion Medical Clinic by calling (605) 624-8643.




FREE SCREENINGS DISCLOSE SUSPECTED SKIN CANCERS


Dr. Young

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Board Certified Dermatologist, James W. Young, D.O., FAOCD, conducted free skin cancer screenings on May 7th. Approximately forty patients, many of whom had never been examined before by a dermatologist, attended the screening.

Dr. Young volunteered his time to conduct free skin cancer screenings in support of the national program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

Of the forty patients screened, many had suspicious lesions which will necessitate follow up; several of those could possibly be non-melanoma skin cancer, or melanoma skin cancer, the most serious form of skin cancer.

More than one million Americans will probably get skin cancer this year. However, if detected and treated early, this disease can often be cured. If we learn the early warning signs of skin cancer and conduct self-examinations, we can put a stop to this ever-growing disease.

Dr. Young has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since June 1998. Please call 605-665-1722 for an appointment at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. For appointments at his dermatology outreach clinic in Freeman call 605-925-4219 and in Vermillion call 605-624-8643.




Dr. Bray Receives Board Recertification


Dr. Bray

The Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C., is pleased to announce that Kevin Bray, M.D., FACOG, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, has received Board Recertification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Bray received Board Recertification status by passing the stringent recertification written examination by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and by completing required case study modules. Board Recertification is required every year.

Board Certification demonstrates that a physician has met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, and evaluation. It also acknowledges physicians who have demonstrated the ability and commitment to continued learning necessary to provide the high quality of medical care for patients.

In addition to seeing patients in Yankton, Dr. Bray also has outreach clinics in Gregory, SD, Wagner, SD, Creighton NE, and Santee, NE.

Dr. Bray has been in practice at the Yankton Medical Clinic since October 1995.




Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Announces Scholarship Winners


Winners
Attached photo: Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Internal Medicine physician, Tyler Hanson, MD, presenting Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota scholarship winner, Chelsea Mann, with the 2013 Medical Student Scholarship.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Scholarship Program award winners.

Four $1,000 scholarships were available for application to high school seniors located in the Yankton Medical Clinic service area who have an interest in pursuing a major in a medical field. One $1,000 scholarship award was available to a student currently enrolled in a laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy or nursing program, with preference given to those with an intention to return to work within a 50-mile radius of Yankton, SD. In addition, a $5,000 scholarship award was available to a third-year medical student of Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, with preference given to those entering a primary care field (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN) with an intention to return to practice medicine within a 50-mile radius of Yankton, SD. Total scholarship dollars amount to $10,000 for area students.

Yankton Medical Clinic, PC created the scholarship program to promote higher education and to provide resources for area youth to seek higher education in the medical field.

The scholarship selection committee reviewed applications from a large and outstanding list of students. The chosen award winners distinguished themselves by their academic accomplishments and their school, church, and civic activities.

One of the six scholarships is being given in honor of the late Dr. Theodore H. Sattler. Dr. Sattler was one of the original physicians of Yankton Clinic, which later merged with the Medical Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Dr. Sattler retired from the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1992.

The 2013 Dr. Theodore H. Sattler/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Sarah E. Santos from Yankton Senior High School.

A second scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. Jay W. Hubner. Dr. Hubner began his practice with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1973, and retired in 2006. His father, the late Dr. R.F. Hubner was one of the original physicians of the Medical Clinic, which later merged with the Yankton Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The 2013 Dr. Jay W. Hubner/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Austin P. Krier from Vermillion High School.

A third scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. Michael R. McVay. Dr. McVay began his practice with Yankton Clinic in 1978, and retired in 2009. He began his practice as a cardiologist after completing a fellowship in 1981. His father, the late Dr. Chester McVay, was one of the original physicians of Yankton Clinic, which later merged with the Yankton Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The 2013 Dr. Michael R. McVay/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Katie M. Barnett from Wagner, SD.

The fourth scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. John C. Sternquist. Dr. Sternquist began his surgical medical practice with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1980, and retired in 2009.

The 2013 Dr. John C. Sternquist/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Katelyn R. Dickes from Wynot, NE.

The 2013 Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Medical Professional Scholarship recipient is Macey L. Fuerst, a Mount Marty College Radiologic Technology student.

The 2013 Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Medical Student Scholarship recipient is Chelsea C. Mann of Yankton, SD.

The Yankton Medical Clinic wishes the award winners and all of the applicants great success and good wishes in their future endeavors.

Questions regarding the Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship Program should be directed to your local high school guidance counselor or the Marketing Department at the Clinic.




YMC Cardiologist Becomes ASNC Member


Dr. Irwin

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce Tim Irwin, MD has received Board Certification in Nuclear Cardiology and has been accepted into membership to the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC).

All physician members of ASNC are required to be licensed and board certified. Board certification in Nuclear Cardiology, is especially encouraged. ASNC is the leader in education, advocacy, and quality for the field of nuclear cardiology. Serving more than 5,000 individuals in over 50 countries, ASNC is the only professional association dedicated to the dynamic subspecialty of nuclear cardiology.

Dr. Irwin is Board Certified in the Subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease, as well as Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (CT). Dr. Irwin has been with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since July 2012.




VMC Physicians to Receive SSOM Clinical Faulty Award


Dr. DendingerDr. Yelverton

Vermillion Medical Clinic Family Medicine Physicians, William Dendinger, MD and Charles Yelverton, MD, will jointly be awarded the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota Class of 1983 Clinical Faculty Award. The award ceremony will take place on May 3rd at the Alumni Reunion Banquet at the Sheraton Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Class of 1983 Clinical Faculty Award was established in 2008 as an award for a clinical faculty member with the Sanford School of Medicine. The award recognizes the critical role of clinical faculty members in preparing future physicians. The award recipient needs to be in clinical practice, active in the medical school, made a significant contribution to the school in teaching and shown leadership in their department or community.

Dr. Dendinger and Dr. Yelverton have been in practice at Vermillion Medical Clinic since 1989 and 1990, respectively. Both are Clinical Professors for the Sanford School of Medicine.




Dr. Irwin Receives Board Certification in Cardiology


Dr. Irwin

The Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C., is pleased to announce that Tim Irwin, M.D., Cardiologist, has received Board Certification for cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Irwin received Board Certification status by passing the stringent certification written examination by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiology, and by completing required cardiology and internal medicine case study modules. Board Recertification for Cardiology is required every 10 years.

Board Certification demonstrates that a physician has met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, and evaluation. It also acknowledges physicians who have demonstrated the ability and commitment to continued learning necessary to provide the high quality of medical care for patients.

Dr. Irwin has been in practice at the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since July 2012.




Yankton Medical Clinic Announces the Association of Denise Taggart, MPAS, PA-C


Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Denise Taggart, MPAS, PA-C. Taggart specializes in the practice of Internal Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, and then went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical center, Omaha, Nebraska, with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

Taggart will assist Drs. C. Barnes, Fanta, Frank, T. Hanson, Megard, Mikkelsen, and Neumayr; and Ashley Reiner, MPAS, PA-C in providing comprehensive primary care to adults. In addition she has certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Please join us in welcoming Denise, her husband Bill, and their children, Grace, Allie, Brett and Claire.




YMC Audiologist Attends Continuing Education


Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Audiologist, Jason R. Howe, MS, FAAA, CCC-A, recently attended the American Auditory Society Scientific and Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. The meeting is designed for audiologists, neurologists, neurotologists, otolaryngologists, oto-neurologists, scientists, and students in these respected areas interested in hearing, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing aids.

Topics included: Music perception and cochlear implants; The effect of static vestibular schwannomas on hearing; Clinical applications and effectiveness of wideband acoustic immittance; Hearing, cognition, and rehabilitation in aging; Individual differences in sensorineural hearing loss and speech intelligibility; Transducer size in hearing aids limitations on size and effectiveness; Advantages of using amplification for early age-related hearing loss; Training effects in older adults neural mechanisms; Reliability of 80Hz auditory evoked potentials with simultaneous contralateral stimulation; Functional MRI study of emotion processing in tinnitus patients; The global burden of hearing loss; US Hearing impairment prevalence and years lost due to disability; Hearing impairment association with depression and dementia in US adults; Bilogic bases of human auditory processing and tinnitus; Evaluating middle ear muscle reflexes in infants; and Clinical application of quantitative mechanical measurements of the ear.

Howe offers audiology evaluations and services for pediatric through adult patients. Appointments may be scheduled at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. by calling (605) 665-1722 or Vermillion Medical Clinic by calling (605) 624-8643.




Dr. Peterson to Present at AAPMR Meeting


Dr. Peterson Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, Dr. Judith Peterson, has been invited to speak at the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The Assembly will be held in October in National Harbor, Maryland.

Dr. Peterson's presentation is titled "Updates in Preventing Non-Contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in the Athlete."

The 2013 Annual Assembly brings the physiatric community together with over 100 educational sessions organized into five topic tracks: Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine; Neurological Rehabilitation; Pain and Spine Medicine; Practice Management and Leadership; and General Rehabilitation.

The specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders, particularly those of the neuromusculoskeletal system that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. Common conditions treated include spine arthritis, neck and back pain, tendonitis, and hip, knee, and shoulder pain. Dr. Peterson also treats conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral neuropathy. She is trained in nerve conduction techniques and electromyography to help in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

Dr. Peterson began seeing patients at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in January. She sees patients in consultation for spine pain, neck and back pain, sports injury, spasticity, and musculoskeletal pain syndromes. She has specific expertise in performing arts medicine and the treatment of injured dancers and instrumentalists.




Orthopedic Surgeon Joins YMC


Dr. Adams Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Orthopedic Surgeon, Brent Adams, MD to our physician specialty staff. Dr. Adams is originally from Yankton, completed his undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University, and is a graduate of the The University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Dr. Adams completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas-Wichita and a fellowship in spine surgery at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, MN. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and has also been a faculty member for the University of Kansas-Wichita orthopedic surgery residency program.

He will provide care for a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions with a subspecialty focus in spine surgery. Conditions that he will treat include cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, scoliosis, disk herniations, sciatica, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, fracture care, carpal tunnel surgery and athletic injuries.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and Scoliosis Research Society.

He will begin seeing patients at the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. March 11, 2013. Appointments can be made by calling (605) 665-1722.




YMC Announces Association of Dr. Judith Peterson


Dr. Peterson Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician Judith R. Peterson, M.D.

Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York. She completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, McGraw Medical Center at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the subspecialties of Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine.

The specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation emphasizes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders, particularly those of the neuromusculoskeletal system that may produce temporary or permanent impairment. Common conditions treated include spine arthritis, neck and back pain, tendonitis, and hip, knee, and shoulder pain. Dr. Peterson also treats conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral neuropathy. She is trained in nerve conduction techniques and electromyography to help in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

Dr. Peterson will see patients in consultation for spine pain, neck and back pain, sports injury, spasticity, and musculoskeletal pain syndromes. She has specific expertise in performing arts medicine and the treatment of injured dancers and instrumentalists.

Dr. Peterson began seeing patients on January 21, 2013. For an appointment please 605-665-1722.




Dr. Mikkelsen Earns Hospice and Palliative Medicine Board Certification


Dr. Mikkelsen Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Board Certified Internal Medicine physician Beth A. Mikkelsen, MD has successfully earned her Board Certification in the subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Board Certification is voluntary and includes an exam that tests a physician's ability to diagnose and treat patients within the specialty of Internal Medicine and within different subspecialties, such as hospice and palliative medicine. The subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine focuses on relieving symptoms, providing emotional and spiritual support and helping guide medical decisions for patients with serious illnesses.

Dr. Mikkelsen has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since August 1999. She is the Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care and Dakota Diabetes, both at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota.




Yankton Medical Clinic Announces the Association of Ashley Reiner, MPAS, PA-C


Dr. Reiner The Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Ashley Reiner, MPAS, PA-C. Reiner specializes in the practice of Internal Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, and then went on to graduate from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

Reiner will assist Drs. C. Barnes, Fanta, Frank, T. Hanson, Megard, Mikkelsen, and Neumayr in providing comprehensive primary care to adults. In addition she has certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association CPR, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.

Please join us in welcoming Ashley, her husband James, and their children, Allison and Weston.





YMC, P.C. Announces the Association of Jennifer McGinnis, CNP, MSN


Dr. McGinnis The Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Jennifer McGinnis, CNP, MSN. McGinnis is a graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

As a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) Jennifer McGinnis holds an advanced practice nursing degree and has undergone clinical training beyond registered nurse preparation. Her role will be to diagnose and treat a wide variety of health problems. Additionally, Nurse Practitioners focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling - helping patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.

McGinnis is considered a mid-level provider similar to a Physician's Assistant (PA). Her collaborating physician is Dr. Scott Weber. The two work together to provide high-quality healthcare services to patients of all ages.

McGinnis will assist family medicine physicians, Drs. David Barnes, Cammock, Hanson, Mabee, and Weber, in providing comprehensive primary care. Appointments can be made by calling (605) 665-8910.




YMC, P.C. Announces the Association of Meredith Hunhoff, CNP, MSN


Dr. Hunhoff The Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Meredith Hunhoff, CNP, MSN. Hunhoff is a graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

Hunhoff will provide healthcare to patients of all ages at Yankton Medical Clinic's ConvenientCare. ConvenientCare is available to walk-in patients that experience aches, pains, illness, and injuries. Hunhoff will offer care for ailments such as: sore throats, earaches, colds, twisted ankles, cuts, bruises, strains, sprains and simple breaks. (An emergency room visit is warranted for conditions including: chest pains, stroke symptoms, and auto accidents.)

ConvenientCare is currently open Monday through Friday 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.




VMC Announces the Association of Amy M. Fluit, MPAS, PA-C


Dr. Fluit Vermillion Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Amy M. Fluit, MPAS, PA-C. Fluit specializes in the practice of Family Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Studies Program, Vermillion, SD.

Fluit will assist Drs. Dendinger and Yelverton; and Michelle Chaussee, MPAS, PA-C in providing comprehensive primary care to patients of all ages. Appointments can be made by calling (605) 624-8643.

Please join us in welcoming Amy, her husband Justin, and their children, Frankie, Henry, and Eddie.







That's The Spirit!

Yankton Surgeon Honored For Dedication To Women's Health
By Nathan Johnson, Press & Dakotan

Dr. Milroy In recognition of her contributions to the field of women's health, Dr. Mary Milroy was recently given the 2012 Spirit of Dakota Award.

The Spirit of Dakota Society, a non-profit organization, gives the annual award to a South Dakota woman who has made outstanding contributions to her community and state. The announcement was made during a ceremony held Oct. 6 in Huron.

Milroy, a 60-year-old surgeon who has practiced in Yankton since 1991, said she was speechless upon her name being called. She was among 15 candidates up for the award.

"It's a great honor," Milroy said. "The group of women who were nominated were amazing, accomplished people. Just to be included in the group was truly an honor."

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Yankton Medical Clinic Adds Latest Breast Cancer Screening Technology


Mammograph Women who undergo routine mammograms at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. now have the latest diagnostic technology available to them. Yankton Medical Clinic is one of the first in the United States to offer Hologic's Selenia® Dimensions® 2D full-field digital mammograms.

The new 2D mammography system offers incredibly sharp breast images with low dose radiation, an ergonomic design providing patient comfort, and a flexible platform designed to support advanced mammography applications.

According to Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Board Certified Radiologist, Dr. Will Eidsness, "Yankton Medical Clinic has been considered a comprehensive breast care center for many years, and the acquisition of this new mammography system is further proof of our commitment to the health of this community."

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.

If you would like to schedule a mammogram, please call 605-664-PINK (7465).




Steroid Injections Given At Yankton Medical Clinic and Vermillion Medical Clinic Safe


Anyone who may have received a steroid injection at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. or Vermillion Medical Clinic doesn't need to worry about whether or not the drugs came from the New England Compounding Company (NECC). Yankton Medical Clinic and Vermillion Medical Clinic do not carry any pharmaceuticals from this company. The NECC is the company that has been linked to the recent meningitis outbreak in the U.S.




YMC Orthopedic Surgeon Receives Board Certification


Dr. Kudera Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Orthopedic Surgeon, Jeremy Kudera, M.D. has been certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Kudera earned Diplomat status by passing the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery's stringent certification examination, a test of the physician's abilities in the field of orthopedic surgery. American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Diplomats must continue to demonstrate their competence in the specialty by taking recertification exams every 10 years; and continue to be active in patient care, education and research.

Dr. Kudera has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since August 2010. He also has an outreach clinic at Vermillion Medical Clinic.




The Yankton Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome Ryan J. Garry, M.D. to our General Surgery staff.


Dr. Garry The Yankton Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome Ryan J. Garry, M.D. to our General Surgery staff. Dr. Garry is a graduate of Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He completed his general surgery residency at Exempla St. Joseph in Denver Colorado and Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Garry will perform general surgery procedures such as laparoscopic hernia, stomach, colon, adrenal and splenectomy surgery; colonoscopies; esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDs); Painless hemorrhoid surgery; and minimally invasive parathyroidectomy.

Dr. Garry joins Drs. Appelwick, Kampshoff and Serck in providing care as a general surgeon. He will begin seeing patients at the Yankton Medical Clinic on August 20, 2012. Appointments can be made by calling (605) 664-2742.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Garry, his wife, Kari and their children, Regan, Kael, and Reese, to Yankton.




Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to welcome Tim Irwin, M.D. to our physician staff.


Dr. Irwin Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to welcome Tim Irwin, M.D. to our physician staff.

Dr. Irwin will join Dr. Will C. Hurley in General Cardiology treating patients in all aspects of heart care including coronary heart disease, rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and preventative cardiology. He has particular interest in valvular heart disease and stress testing to aid in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease.

Dr. Irwin is a graduate of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA. His Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship was completed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Irwin is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Eligible in Cardiology. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, as well as the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

Dr. Irwin has begun seeing patients at the Yankton Medical Clinic. To schedule your appointment, please call (605) 664-2742.




Rheumatologist Joins YMC


Dr. Bassing Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the association of Rheumatologist Leann Maska, M.D.

Dr. Maska is a graduate of Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training, at Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD; and her Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Dr. Maska is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Eligible in Rheumatology.

Dr. Maska will treat arthritis, including rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and complex forms such as gout; certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and vasculitis; and musculoskeletal pain disorders such as fibromyalgia.

The Clinic is pleased to bring a Rheumatologist to our medical community as well as to the many patients she will serve. Dr. Maska began seeing patients at the Yankton Medical Clinic on July 2, 2012. For an appointment please call (605) 665-1722.




YMC Recognized for Quality Lab Services


Lab Week Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.

COLA is nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Association.




YMC Receives SDSMA Media Award


Yankton Medical Clinic, PC received the South Dakota State Medical Association Media Award for its direct-mail publication, The Healthcare Examiner. The award was presented to Yankton Medical Clinic's Director of Marketing, Joanna L. Mueller, and Dr. James W. Young, at the 2012 South Dakota State Medical Association Banquet on June 1.

The award-winning quarterly publication was developed and created for the Clinic by Julie Anderson Friesen of Anderson Friesen Creative, LLC in Sioux Falls. The Examiner features health-related articles contributed by physicians of the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. and Vermillion Medical Clinic and includes a comprehensive photo directory of all of the primary and specialty care providers at both clinics.

Mueller, expressed "The Examiner has truly been a team effort for nearly 10 years. My role as publisher includes soliciting relevant and timely material from our clinic physicians and medical staff while overseeing content and final approval. Julie Anderson Friesen is our editor and drives the editorial calendar, creative content, language styling, and patient communication standards. Heather Pearson, for Anderson Friesen Creative, pulls all of this together into one creative and consistent template, managing layout, graphic design, and printing."

In addition to ongoing content about relevant health care topics and new medical equipment and procedures, The Examiner has evolved to include wide-ranging information. It has welcomed patient requests for stories through surveys, introduced new physicians to the community in a friendly Q&A format, included celebratory ads to acknowledge physician achievements and medical scholarship recipients, and also to announce programming for the radio "talk show" version of the Examiner.

Mueller stated, "We are really pleased to be recognized for our efforts in communicating with the patients we serve in so many communities. Health care discoveries in care and treatment are happening all the time and "The Examiner" is the single best way for us to dialogue with our patients outside of the clinic. We are honored to be awarded for something we've been so dedicated to distributing."




FREE SCREENINGS DISCLOSE SUSPECTED SKIN CANCERS


Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Board Certified Dermatologist, James W. Young, D.O., FAOCD, conducted free skin cancer screenings on May 1st. Approximately thirty-six people, many of whom had never been examined before by a dermatologist, attended the screening.

Dr. Young volunteered his time to conduct free skin cancer screenings in support of the national program sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

Of the thirty-six people screened, many had suspicious lesions which will necessitate follow up, several of those could possibly be non-melanoma skin cancer, or melanoma skin cancer, the most serious form of skin cancer.

More than one million Americans will probably get skin cancer this year. However, if detected and treated early, this disease can often be cured. If we learn the early warning signs of skin cancer and conduct self-examinations, we can put a stop to this ever-growing disease.

Dr. Young has been in practice at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since June 1998. For appointments at his dermatology outreach clinic in Freeman call 605-925-4219 and in Vermillion call 605-624-8643.




Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Announces Scholarship Winners


Scholarship Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Internal Medicine Physician, Daniel J. Megard, M.D., has been recertified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Scholarship Program award winners.

Four $1,000 scholarships were available for application to high school seniors located in the Yankton Medical Clinic service area who have an interest in pursuing a major in a medical field. One $1,000 scholarship award was available to a student currently enrolled in a laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy or nursing program, with preference given to those with an intention to return to work within a 50-mile radius of Yankton, SD. In addition, a $5,000 scholarship award was available to a third-year medical student of Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, with preference given to those entering a primary care field (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN) with an intention to return to practice medicine within a 50-mile radius of Yankton, SD. Total scholarship dollars amount to $10,000 for area students.

Yankton Medical Clinic, PC created the scholarship program to promote higher education and to provide resources for area youth to seek higher education in the medical field.

The scholarship selection committee reviewed applications from a large and outstanding list of students. The chosen award winners distinguished themselves by their academic accomplishments and their school, church, and civic activities.

One of the six scholarships is being given in honor of the late Dr. Theodore H. Sattler. Dr. Sattler was one of the original physicians of Yankton Clinic, which later merged with the Medical Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Dr. Sattler retired from the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1992.

The 2012 Dr. Theodore H. Sattler/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Tory N. Gross from Yankton Senior High School.

A second scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. Jay W. Hubner. Dr. Hubner began his practice with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1973, and retired in 2006. His father, the late Dr. R.F. Hubner was one of the original physicians of the Medical Clinic, which later merged with the Yankton Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The 2012 Dr. Jay W. Hubner/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Kristina K. Zalud from Vermillion High School.

A third scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. Michael R. McVay. Dr. McVay began his practice with Yankton Clinic in 1978, and retired in 2009. He began his practice as a cardiologist after completing a fellowship in 1981. His father, the late Dr. Chester McVay, was one of the original physicians of Yankton Clinic, which later merged with the Yankton Clinic to form Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.

The 2012 Dr. Michael R. McVay/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Breanna J. Cuka from Wagner, SD.

The fourth scholarship is being given in honor of Dr. John C. Sternquist. Dr. Sternquist began his surgical medical practice with Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. in 1980, and retired in 2009.

The 2012 Dr. John C. Sternquist/Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. winner is Bailey R. Kuchta from Wynot, NE.

The 2012 Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Medical Professional Scholarship recipient is Carol A. Miller, University of South Dakota nursing student.

The 2012 Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Medical Student Scholarship recipient is Kathy M. Kotschegarow of Yankton, SD.

The Yankton Medical Clinic wishes the award winners and all of the applicants great success and good wishes in their future endeavors.

Questions regarding the Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship Program should be directed to your local high school guidance counselor or the Marketing Department at the Clinic.




Dr. Megard Receives Board Recertification


Dr. MegardYankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is pleased to announce that Internal Medicine Physician, Daniel J. Megard, M.D., has been recertified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Dr. Megard earned Diplomat status by passing the ABIM's stringent recertification examination, a test of the physician's abilities in the field of adult medicine. He also met ABIM's rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment and evaluation. ABIM Diplomats must continue to demonstrate their competence in the specialty by taking recertification exams every 10 years.

Dr. Megard has been in practice at the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since December 1991.






EMR Introduced-New Registration Form Needed


On behalf of the physicians of our clinic, we are pleased to introduce an electronic medical record (EMR) system. This new change will require a little extra time and a bit of extra paper work in the beginning, but it has been proven to offer many benefits to patients and physicians alike.

Some of these benefits include:


  • Enhanced communications among staff.
  • Immediate access when searching for or updating chart information.
  • Lab results posted immediately and then accessible to physicians.
  • Electronic prescription delivery.
  • Excellent protection of records for better disaster recovery if needed.
  • System can check for potential adverse drug interactions or alert to allergies.
  • Physician recruitment. Newer physicians look for clinics with EMR systems!



Overall, a little extra time now benefits not just our clinic, but our community.

If you have an upcoming appointment, completing the new registration form in advance of your visit will SAVE TIME and help avoid extra waiting.

Please complete and return this form, Registration Form, to the receptionist when you check-in for your appointment.

Thank you for helping us improve patient safety and communication!




YMC Announces Board Certification of Dr. Nielsen


Dr. Nielsen The Yankton Medical Clinic is pleased to announce that Byron S. Nielsen, M.D. has recently become Board Certified in Nephrology.

Dr. Nielsen is also Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine. He earned Diplomat status by passing the American Board of Internal Medicine's stringent certification examination, a test of the physician's abilities in the fields of nephrology and adult medicine.

American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomats must continue to demonstrate their competence in the specialty by taking recertification exams every 10 years.

Dr. Nielsen provides the diagnosis and treatment of adult kidney diseases including but not limited to those associated with underlying medical ailments, genetic disorders, autoimmune diseases and vasculitis. He also specializes in the treatment of hypertension, electrolyte disturbances, the medical management of kidney stones, and provides both inpatient and outpatient dialysis.

To make an appointment with Dr. Nielsen at Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. call 605-665-1082; for an appointment at his outreach clinic call Vermillion Medical Clinic at 605-624-8643.




YMC Gastroenterologist Recognized By Sanford School of Medicine


Dr. Gutnik Steve Gutnik, MD, FACP, Board Certified Gastroenterologist, was recently recognized by Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota (SSOM) as an Outstanding Faculty member. He has been a faculty member at the SSOM for 25 years; and an affiliate of Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. since 2000.

Representative comments on his teaching include:

"Dr. Gutnik embodies a great teacher and someone committed to lifelong learning."

"Greatly helped me prepare for what to expect as an intern next year."

"He is a great teacher and enjoys having students work with him."

"Very interested in my learning and an excellent instructor."

"Outstanding teacher and mentor."




YMC Earns Breast MRI Accreditation


MRI Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. (YMC) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

YMC is Yankton's only facility equipped with Breast MRI. In addition, board certified Radiologist, Will Eidsness, M.D., and a one hundred percent fully board certified staff, assures patients of quality imaging and the highest possible expertise in reading MRI images.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.