Health Care on the High Plains
A Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse and a Patient Access Specialist who doubles as an EMT are meeting the health care needs of South Dakota's most isolated county.
Ask the Doc: Robotic-Assisted Bariatric Surgery
Jacob Weasel, M.D., a General Surgeon at Monument Health’s Rapid City Clinic on Fifth Street, explains how bariatric surgery can help patients beyond simply losing weight. With the use of the da Vinci Surgical System robot-assisted technology, he helps patients live fuller, healthier lives.
My Space: Joy Wilczynski
Paramedics and EMTs are emergency responders, but they also provide training and first aid in their communities. For Joy Wilczynski, caring for her neighbors in the Lead-Deadwood area has been her passion for over two decades.
My Space: McKenzie Grim
Health isn’t just a physical trait — mental health plays a significant role in people’s lives. Despite this, some people are hesitant to seek help. Luckily McKenzie Grim is ready to help them find what they need.
Patient Story: Colin Gholson
Colin Gholson started his life with ARPKD, a genetic disease that often leads to kidney failure. As the 2020 and 2021 Children’s Miracle Network Champion, one thing is clear — his condition hasn’t slowed him down.
Patient Story: Mary McLaughlin
Mary McLaughlin didn't know if she would ever walk without pain. Orthopedic surgeon Richard Little, M.D., gave her what she needed most: hope.
Physician Profile: Hunter Moyer, M.D.
For Dr. Moyer, plastic surgery isn’t just about enhancing appearance. It’s a way to ensure that patients not only look their best, but feel their best as well.
Physician Profile: Josephine Davis, M.D.
After leaving Rapid City — the town where she grew up — to complete her Family Medicine residency, Dr. Davis returned to the area to treat patients in the Black Hills.
Rock Climbing: Hang in There — It’s Worth the Effort
Most consider climbing an extreme sport that’s only accessible for elite athletes in peak physical condition. While the sport does pose greater risk than others, climbing doesn’t actually require above average fitness to get started.
Summer Cycling: Maximize Comfort and Improve Performance
With summer weather and hundreds of miles worth of riding, cycling in the Black Hills never gets old.
Take Your Swing: Staying Strong on the Golf Course
Golf is an excellent way to stay active. Being physically prepared for the demands of a golf swing, and understanding how to swing efficiently, can allow golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport and avoid injuries.
Since 2012, Monument Health has impacted and improved the lives of student-athletes by providing caregivers to academic institutions.
Volunteer Profile: Doris Ann Mertz
Whether it’s serving on the Monument Health Custer Advisory Board or helping provide the community with accurate information about COVID-19, Doris Ann Mertz is committed to helping Custer.