SDSMA Distinguished Service Award Nominees

This award is presented to a physician or layperson who has contributed outstanding service to medicine in South Dakota. 


Name
: Jo Erickson
Nominated by: Samantha Darnall, MD; Mark Huntington, MD, PhD; Jay Allen, MD; Tara Geis, MD; Jessica Horn, MD; Jenna Wickersham, DO; Stacie Lenssen, MD; Pastel Fligge, MD; Alese Fox, MD; Andrea Miller, DO; Ken Noguchi, MD, PhD; Aaron Shives, MD; Rachel Sunne, MD; Charles Shafer, MD; and Fred Thanel, MD

Excerpt from nomination statement (written by Dr. Huntington): "Jo has been the Residency Coordinator for the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program for decades - she is the face of the Sioux Falls Residency for prospective applicants and program alumni alike. She is a major factor in the recruitment of new physicians to the program - and as a result, to practice in the state. She serves far above and beyond the call of duty, coming in on weekends and evenings regularly, bringing home-baked "morale boosters" to the program, nurturing residents, staff, and faculty, and other truly countless behind-the-scenes contributions. Her direct contribution to the primary care workforce in the state cannot be adequately measured, and cannot be overestimated. I can think of no one - physician or layman - who is more deserving of this award!"

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Name: Dan Heinemann, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Nominated by: Susan Anderson, MD

Excerpt from nomination statement: "Dr. Heinemann has been a pillar of the AMA. He is a former SDSMA president, he is active in District 7 having served in several roles, and he is serving his second term as delegation chair for the American Academy of Family Physicians delegation to the AMA. He is supportive of all SDSMA activities. If there is an event, he is there taking an active role. He is an advocate for patients, physicians and medical education. He is retiring later this year, but plans to continue to be active in the SDSMA."

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Name:
Tom Hermann, MD
Specialty:
Family Medicine
Nominated by:
Tim Ridgway, MD

Excerpt from nomination statement:
"H. Thomas Hermann, MD, has provided outstanding service to the state of South Dakota for 33 years...He has been actively involved in the SDSMA for many years, culminating in his tenure as the 135th president of the organization. I had an opportunity to work with Dr. Hermann during those years. He was a passionate advocate for physicians and their needs, always with the goal of quality health care for patients.  Dr. Hermann was also clinical professor at our medical school, and could always be counted on to precept our students and provide valuable mentorship. His work as chair of the SDSMA Foundation was yet another example of his passion for primary care. He was always advocating for students, assisting them with scholarships, with the goal of easing their financial burden and hopefully lead them to a career in primary care. I can think of no one more deserving of the SDSMA Distinguished Service Award than H. Thomas Hermann, MD."

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Name:
Mikel Holland, MD
Specialty:
Family Medicine
Nominated by:
Kevin Post, DO

Excerpt from nomination statement:
"Dr. Holland has had a distinguished career in rural family medicine with a long-standing commitment to rural health care in South Dakota. Dr. Holland has never forgotten his roots, and remains committed at all times to why he went into medicine: the patient. Dr. Holland has served as a mentor and colleague to many physicians, medicals students, and care team members. He leads by example with humility and respect for others. As he has transitioned into a leadership role as Chief Medical Officer; he has grown his influence on the Avera Health system and continues to contribute despite very challenging personal life situations. Dr. Holland is selfless; truly living his life to the service of others. I give him my highest recommendation."

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Name:
Earl Kemp, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Nominated by:
Benjamin Liscano, MD

Excerpt from nomination statement: "
Dr. Kemp was the program director at Center for Family Medicine for decades and was involved in the training and development of dozens of physicians who now practice across our state. His dedication to medicine, education and service to his patients, colleagues and community is exemplary. He currently is recently retired but spends much of his free time volunteering throughout the Sioux Falls area in a number of capacities."