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Tom Dean

Tom Dean

Tom Dean is a retired family physician who grew up on a farm west of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. He graduated from Wessington Springs High School, Carleton College in Minnesota and medical school in Rochester, New York. He completed a family medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He returned to Wessington Springs to practice in 1978 along with his wife, Kathy, a certified nurse midwife. He retired after 43 years of practice and still lives in Wessington Springs.

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Creative thinking needed to save rural hospitals

By: - January 26, 2024

Over the last 15 years, approximately 150 rural hospitals have closed nationwide. What does it mean? Are these facilities obsolete, no longer needed?  Maybe in a few places, but in the vast majority of communities they provide critically important services. In most rural communities, the hospital has multiple roles and is the cornerstone for health […]