People You Should Know

NOV. 12, 2019

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Avera earned the highest level of recognition as a Level 10 Most Wired health care organization from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, or CHIME. The recognition marks the 20th time Avera was included in the survey as a top performer. The list aims to recognize health care organizations that have adopted and leveraged technology to improve patient safety and outcomes in the industry. The three organizations named to the Level 10 status leverage technology in innovative ways and have encouraged deep adoption across their entire organization, according to CHIME. As a result, they are realizing meaningful outcomes including improved quality of care, improved patient experience, reduced costs and broader patient access to health care services.

Avera’s rural health department has received two grants totaling $4.5 million that will fund and support sexual assault forensic examination processes in rural communities. The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and Office of Violence Against Women presented the grants. A $4 million grant will fund a project that involves more than 50 sites across five Midwestern states. Telemedicine will bring the care and expertise of sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANEs, to rural areas in a program called eSANE for Rural. The second $500,000 SANE grant was presented to support an Avera eCARE Emergency SANE program expansion. Avera will partner with the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault to provide victim advocacy services and law enforcement coordination in support of program activity.

The Event Company

The Event Company has been named the best event design and production company in South Dakota as part of the global hospitality awards presented by LUXlife Magazine.

First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard

Angelia Johnson

First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard have promoted Angelia Johnson to vice president, internal audit. Johnson has more than 20 years of professional banking experience and joined Premier in 2005. Johnson will continue to lead the internal audit and loan review teams, which includes overseeing information technology audit activities.

First Premier Bank has promoted two staff members.

Taren Turner

Cory Hughes

Cory Hughes is now vice president, ag banking manager. Hughes has 17 years of banking experience and joined First Premier in 2017. He is based in the West Benson Road branch.

Taren Turner is now the compliance manager. Turner has 22 years of experience in the credit card industry and joined Premier Bankcard in 1999.

Goosmann Law Firm

Goosmann Law Firm has been named to the 2019 Law Firm 500 Award Honorees list as one of the fastest-growing law firms in the United States, ranking No. 82. This is the third consecutive year the firm made the list. The list showcases firms that have achieved significant growth in revenue over the past three years.

South Dakota Nurses Association

Deb Fischer-Clemens

Deb Fischer-Clemens is the new incoming president for the South Dakota Nurses Association board of directors for a two-year term beginning in 2020. Fischer-Clemens, who has served as senior vice president of public policy for Avera Health for 18 years, is a registered nurse who also holds a master’s degree in health care administration. Before moving into her public policy career, she worked for 25 years as a nurse at Avera hospitals in Sioux Falls and Mitchell. She has served in the South Dakota House of Representatives.


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