New health care partnerships connect patients with resources

April 5, 2019

Two new health care partnerships announced this week will help connect patients with needed resources.

Sioux Falls-based Independent Living Choices has signed an agreement with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to provide case management services for people living with multiple sclerosis in South Dakota.

This is the first time the society has partnered with an agency in the state.

“People living with MS are sometimes faced with complex and challenging situations that threaten their ability to live independently,” Cyndi Zagieboylo, the society’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

“By partnering with Independent Living Choices, we can provide people living with MS access to experts on services and resources to meet their individual needs where they live. Our mission at the society is to help people with MS live their best lives, and helping them live independently goes a long way to achieving that goal.”

Under the agreement, the society will refer people in need of an in-person case manager to Independent Living Choices, which will help manage access to local resources on a personalized level.

“The partnership of Independent Living Choices and the National MS Society creates a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of the wide array of services available here in South Dakota,” said Matt Cain, executive director of Independent Living Choices.  “We look forward to expanding our reach throughout the state to help people living with MS access the services they need to lead independent lives.”

To access the society’s case management service, call 800-344-4867 and ask for an MS navigator.

Also this week, the regional nonprofit LifeSource announced a partnership with Dakota Lions Sight and Health focused on expanding opportunities for corneal donation and transplantation.

Under the new partnership, LifeSource will provide donated ocular tissue to DLSH, which will process the tissue and make it available to surgeons for transplantation.

The partnership will ensure donated tissue is prioritized to local recipients and also can focus on increasing public support for organ, eye and tissue donation, the organizations said in a statement.

LifeSource is based in Minneapolis and provides organ, eye and tissue donation services in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin.  DLSH is based in Sioux Falls and provides tissue and eye donation services in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.

New health care partnerships connect patients with resources

Two new health care partnerships announced this week will help connect patients with needed resources.

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