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It will be “a great opportunity to serve patients where they live and play,” an Essentia Health official says.
"Unlike other sectors, long-term care settings can’t simply raise wages because the state sets the rate they can charge," Katie Lundmark and Danielle Olson write. 'State lawmakers set both Medicaid and private pay rates for nursing homes. If wages are going to increase permanently, funding must come from the state."
Sanford is working to resolve a backlog in routine colonoscopies. Steps include recruiting more gastroenterologists. Patients can go elsewhere for shorter waits.
A joint news release on July 11 announced that Dakotans for Health would be withdrawing its initiated measure from the November ballot, allowing them and South Dakotans Decide Healthcare to focus on a single movement to expand health care in the state.
The garden, proposed by employees, is 100% funded by an employee giving program at the Essentia Health-Fargo Foundation.
Rather than going to the pool or staying away from school, some students are using their summer break to learn.

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Hospitals in North Dakota paid up to $200 an hour for traveling nurses, and the state of Minnesota agreed to pay at least $275 an hour to an agency for nurses during the omicron surge.
Jacob Roble still remembers going to the hospital for cancer treatments when he was three, five and 10 years old. Now he is giving back — training to be a nurse at Sanford Children’s Hospital.
In call with Gov. Doug Burgum, Sanford CEO walked back a controversial deed restriction for the Mott nursing home.

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