Faced with a ratio of one school nurse for about every 1,000 students, the Sioux Falls School District is partnering with Avera McKennan to develop an eCare initiative in select schools. Molly Satter, health services supervisor for the school district, addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, Aug. 22, about the importance of the pilot project... for the state’s largest district, with about 24,000 students and more than 30 schools. The eCare School Nurse program increases school nurse access for students who need medical care during the school day. With clerical support, student health needs can be assessed by a school nurse via computer when the assigned school nurse is not available on site.


Program Highlights: Molly Satter, Sioux Falls School Health Services, Avera/Mandy Bell, eCase Innovations Officer

  • The program seeks to connect students to a school nurse virtually, through technology and specialized equipment.
  • The program also serves rural areas where the need is great. It is used in nursing homes and correctional facilities.
  • The SD model It is the first of its kind in the US.  Now, the program serves 275 hospitals in 11 states.
  • In SD, there are 6 school based clinics.  Students are served in all elementary schools and 1 middle school. Forty percent of the visits involve diabetes.
  • This presentation was dedicated to Julie Donner, who was scheduled to present, but passed away suddenly.

Next Week’s Program:

Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works, for the City of Sioux Falls--Upcoming Projects

August 22, 2016 meeting attendance:

  • Meeting attendance was 70 out of 312 or 22%
  • 45 out of 70 attendees were Paul Harris Fellows or 64%
  • Also present - 2 Guests and 2 Visiting Rotarians