Kadoka Care Center Receives Gift

At the annual Prime Rib Benefit and Auction, held April 13 at the Kadoka Auditorium, the Philip Area Health Foundation (PAHF) presented Kadoka Care Center (KCC) Director Heidi Coller with a check for $5,000.
The KCC made a request to PAHF for assistance in the purchase of an oxygen concentrator and vitals monitor. “It is the goal of the PAHF to be able to help with projects just like this,” stated Foundation director Vonda Hamill, “We formed the foundation to be used as a vehicle to funnel cash gifts to any health entities in the area that have a need to improve the quality of the care they provide.”

If you are interested in making a contribution to the Philip Area Health Foundation to assist in their efforts, contact Vonda Hamill at (605) 859-2342, or email vhamill@monument.health

KCC Director Heidi Coller accepts a gift from PAHF board member Jennifer Henrie.

Philip Area Health Foundation Installs New Board Members

The Philip Area Health Foundation recently held their regular meeting and welcomed two new board members into the fold of the organization.

Tate Guptill and Emily Kroetch joined the nine-member board in March. “We are grateful that community members are willing to set aside their personal time to help us have a well-rounded group of people to navigate the journey for the Foundation, “says Foundation director Vonda Hamill. “Because we have a large board, we have good diversity, but we also need good people in the wings to fill seats when they become vacant. We are glad to have Tate and Emily fill out our current board.”


Tate Guptill and Emily Kroetch have joined the Philip Area Health Foundation as two of its newest members. Pictured are, back row, left to right, Dillon Kjerstad, John Knutson, Roger Porch, Tate Guptill, Marion Matt and Ray Smith; front row, Vonda Hamill, Director, Emily Kroetch, Krista O’Dea, Jennifer Henrie and Jenna Finn. Not pictured, Chuck VanderMay.

Philip Area Health Foundation honors those that honor


Pictured are Honor Guard Members (L-R) Marcy Ramsey, Marilyn Millage, LeeAnn
Knutson, Carmen Fees, Kathy Gittings, Heather Solon, founder, and Vonda Hamill, PAHF director.

by Vonda Hamill, PAHF director

Nurses make up the backbone of healthcare in the United States, delivering almost 80% of the hands-on care a patient will receive. Consistently ranked as the most trusted profession in America, they are the piston of the healthcare engine.

A good nurse will have strong tendencies for empathy and compassion, communicate easily and demonstrate high integrity and advocacy skills. Many devote an entire lifetime to the care of patients and their families. They are integral components of their communities and healthcare facilities. Their identity is that of a problem-solver, nurturer, and a no-nonsense type of personality that sees the work to do and gets it done. So, when a nurse’s final rest comes, it is only fitting that their colleagues desire to send them home with a heartfelt tribute of a life well-lived, and an appreciation of the skills and expertise they shared while they were a nurse.

Enter the West River Nurses Honor Guard (WRNHG), a local chapter of the National Nurse Honor Guard Coalition, one of 150 in the nation. The WRNHG was the brainchild of Heather Solon, a registered nurse from Kadoka. The honor guard is a nonprofit volunteer group that travels to the funeral services of fellow nurses to celebrate their life and professional career. The guard travels the entire west river region to participate in touching ceremonies honoring the nurse that has passed, and to lend comfort to the families at a time of loss.

Likened to a military salute, the Nurse Honor Guard stands guard over the casket or urn, places a white rose there, and lights a nursing lamp that will burn during the service. The nurse’s name is called with the ringing of a triangle three times. When the nurse does not respond, they are officially released from their nursing duties. The guard will then escort the casket or urn to its final place of rest.

To help assist with expenses incurred while providing this service, the Philip Area Health Foundation has committed $1,000 to the West River Nurses Honor Guard. “We are happy to help this group of volunteers who give of their own time and expense to carry out the excellent work of honoring fellow nurses.” If you would like to see more of what the guard is doing or to request a tribute for a nurse you know and love, contact Heather Solon at westrivrnrsehnrgrd@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page at West River Nurse Honor Guard South Dakota.

Philip Health Services facilities receive 2024 Customer Experience Awards from Pinnacle Quality Insight – An HCP Company


Philip Health Services is thrilled to announce that it has received the 2024 Customer Experience Awards from Pinnacle Quality Insight. This recognizes Scotchman Living Center and Silverleaf Assisted Living Center’s outstanding performance and solidifies their position in the top echelon of care providers nationwide.

“It is our pleasure to congratulate these two Philip Health Services facilities for their well-deserved achievement in winning the Customer Experience Award,” says Bud Meadows, HCP’s CEO. “As this award is based on customer feedback, it demonstrates the dedication that they have towards providing its customers with an exemplary experience while ensuring their clients have well-trained, compassionate caregivers.”

Qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award signifies that Scotchman Living Center and Silverleaf Assisted Living Center have consistently ranked within the top 15% of care providers across the nation over the past 12 months. This achievement underscores their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to residents and their families.

Employees mark five years at PHS

Philip Health Services began recognizing “Milestone Anniversaries” this year. To celebrate, Maureen Cadwell, CEO, presented a check to two recipients to mark the five years each for nurses Tandra Welk (top photo) and Maralynn Burns. Congratulations to both of these Scotchman Living Center nurses for their hard work and dedication!

Community Foundation Donates Scrubs

Pictured: Vonda Hamill, PAHF Director, Emily Iwan, Dietary staff, and Abbi McDaniel, Human Resources.

The Philip Area Health Foundation recently awarded new scrubs to the HR department. The scrubs are being distributed to new staff (that require scrubs) upon their onboarding completion.

We are also encouraging existing staff that can utilize a pair, to request them from their department directors. We are excited for everyone to have a professional appearance and feel good about their workwear.

The scrubs can be ordered in any color, if departments desire something particular, but we are encouraging charcoal for the floor, and black for dietary.


Pearson celebrates 40 years at PHS

Cheryl Pearson (center) is celebrating 40 years of service at Philip Health Services, working mainly in the dietary department since being hired on January 31, 1984. CEO Maureen Cadwell (left) and Dietary Manager Colton Mayer (right) presented Cheryl with a check and Philip Bucks to help her celebrate this milestone. Congratulations, Cheryl!

Philip Health Services Invites ALL Trick or Treaters!

Boo! It’s Halloween! Be sure you bring your ghosts and goblins down to the Trick or Trunk event near the Philip Pit Stop between 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Halloween!
Treats will be handed out courtesy of Philip Health Services!!

PHS Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week


Philip Health Services is proud to announce that the Medical Laboratory team has successfully received their 2023 CLIA recertification!

Congratulations!  What a way to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

Scotchman Living Center ranked as top nursing home!

Philip Health Services is proud to announce that the Philip Nursing Home has been awarded the Pinnace Customer Service Experience Award for 2023.

Receiving this award means that the Philip Nursing Home is ranked in the top 15% of nursing homes across the country.  This ranking is determined by surveys conducted monthly.

CONGRATULATIONS to the amazing and caring team at Philip Nursing Home!

Pinnacle Award 2023