ALASD Assisted Living Association of South Dakota.
Newsletter December 2014.
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The ALASD Board of Directors would like to wish all caregivers a Happy Holiday Season. No one can thank you enough for the kindness you provide throughout the year.



Outgoing Chair: Lezlie Snoozy-Kaifors   605-723-3000            
Incoming Chair: Steve Vande Kop   605-665-7255
Vice Chair: Nathan Gellhaus   605-725-7777
Treasurer:  Allen Svennes  605-339-9123
Secretary: Kim Eggert  605-772-5885
Outgoing Region 1 Rep: Jim Quinn  605-423-8084
Incoming Region 1 Rep: Kristin Maddux  605-722-6380 **
Region 2 Rep: Brandy Fiala  605-275-0074
Region 3 Rep: Julie Schelling  605-647-5515
Region 4 Rep: Jo Wulf  605-835-9717
Member at Large:  Colette Broekemeier  605-665-7255
Administravite Director:  Lethia Marienau  605-679-4606



New Rates for 2015:
  • 1-19 Beds $14.00 per bed
  • 20-49 Beds $13.00 per bed
  • 50-69 Beds $12.00 per bed
  • 70+ Beds $11.00 per bed
Please click link below for your application:


Sanford USD Medical Center
SD’s Designated Ebola Hospital


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, November 21, 2014

CONTACT:  Barb Buhler, Department of Health, (605) 773-3361
                    Stacy Jones, Sanford Health, (605) 366-2432



Sanford USD Medical Center SD’s Designated Ebola Hospital


PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Health announced today that Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls will serve as the state’s designated facility to receive and potentially treat a suspect Ebola patient.


“In a state the size of South Dakota, it makes sense to designate a single facility to be ready to care for an Ebola patient,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “We’re very appreciative that Sanford has volunteered to fill that critical role and they should be commended for their leadership."


“Sanford USD Medical Center, along with the entire Sanford Health system, began preparing to handle a potential Ebola patient months ago, and we are confident in our preparations and expertise,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “Our efforts are led by highly trained physicians including Wendell Hoffman, MD and Allison Suttle, MD.  Our skilled health care providers will safely manage any potential Ebola patient in accordance with CDC protocols to ensure we are protecting our staff and other patients while caring for an individual in need."


Hollingsworth said designation of Sanford USD Medical Center as an Ebola treatment facility is just one of many steps in a much larger effort to prepare for the possibility of the disease in South Dakota. The first component of that response is the front line health care providers – every hospital and clinic across the state.


“Every clinic and hospital in the state needs to be prepared to identify a possible  case based on travel history and symptoms, appropriately isolate the individual and contact the state Department of Health for further evaluation,” said Hollingsworth. “We know providers are taking this responsibility seriously and working hard to prepare and drill for how to handle such patients."


For any such individual, the department will consult with CDC. If the individual is determined to be a potential case, the department will contact Sanford so it can prepare to receive the individual. Two ambulance services, Rural Metro in Sioux Falls and Rapid City Fire in Rapid City, have received specialized training and equipment from the department and agreed to transport patients to Sanford.


Hollingsworth said the department’s public health laboratory is also working to add the capability to test for Ebola. In the meantime, it has an agreement in place with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to handle testing.


The department also continues to monitor travelers coming into South Dakota from the West African countries at the center of the outbreak. That monitoring includes twice-daily contact with the individuals for the 21-day incubation period of the disease to check temperatures and any symptoms. The department is currently monitoring one such low-risk individual and two more have completed their 21-day monitoring period without developing symptoms.


“From front line health care facilities to patient transport, from designating a receiving hospital to setting up a lab testing protocol, South Dakota is working hard to put a system in place to deal with Ebola,” said Hollingsworth. “Even if we never have an Ebola case these partnerships and the work we’ve done will leave us better prepared to deal with other infectious diseases in our state."


For more information about Ebola virus disease see the department’s website at



ALFA Press Release

 ALFA Names James Balda President & CEO
The ‘new ALFA’ set to improve the lives of seniors through standard setting, credentialing and building strong partnerships with state associations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Dec. 3, 2014 - The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) today announced that James Balda has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective mid-January 2015, ushering in a new era with a broad plan to enhance ALFA’s support of its growing industry.

Balda joins ALFA from the National Restaurant Association where he has served as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Business Development. At the National Restaurant Association, he played a major role in enhancing member value and new product strategies. He also was responsible for brand stewardship and strengthening the image of the association and industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome James to ALFA,” said Brenda Bacon, CEO of Brandywine Senior Living and Chairperson of ALFA’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with him as the organization continues to evolve in order to provide even more value to our rapidly growing and essential industry. With James at the helm, the ‘new ALFA’ will develop professional standards promoting self-regulation and quality long term living choices. We are also creating credentialing programs for senior living professionals that will continue to build strong leaders and ensure the delivery of quality services and care to our residents as well as confidence from those who love them.”

“I am honored to join ALFA and to work with the board and our members to create the ‘new ALFA,’ which will support our members as they continue to shape the future of senior living through standard setting, credentialing, education and continued advocacy for quality choices in senior living,” Balda said. “I also look forward to creating stronger partnerships with ALFA’s state chapters and affiliates as we work together to meet our common goals. This is a very exciting time for ALFA.”

“The ‘new ALFA’ under James will work closely with state associations to provide the support they need to achieve optimum performance and quality service,” said Sally Michael, president of the California Assisted Living Association. “I know James will lead ALFA to set the highest standards for senior living and educate ALFA members to drive continuous improvement. ALFA’s advocacy in Washington, combined with that of state associations throughout the country, focuses on ensuring the optimal lifestyle for seniors.”

Balda brings nearly two decades of association experience with a successful track record in business development, marketing and membership. Prior to the National Restaurant Association, Balda served as vice president of Member Services and Professional Development at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In this position, he was responsible for the association’s member services, professional training, customer service, and online publishing programs. Before that, he held positions at the Health Insurance Association of America and the Newspaper Association of America. Balda is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and resides in Ashburn, Va., with his wife and four children.

Balda assumes his new position building on the great stewardship of Maribeth Bersani, ALFA’s senior vice president of public policy who has been interim CEO, and Richard Grimes who retired in June. Balda was selected after a national search conducted by the Executive Committee of the ALFA Board and led by executive search firm Korn Ferry.

About The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally managed, appropriately licensed, resident-centered, consumer-driven senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve.

For more information about ALFA, visit and follow ALFA on Twitter and Facebook.
Katy Robertson
BGR Public Relations

Jaclyn Allmon
VP, Marketing & Membership
Assisted Living Federation of America
(703) 562 - 1192


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