Join us for the Bottoms Up For Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk

Posted by Madison Dusek on Feb 12, 2018 1:48:02 PM


The Rapid City Medical Center and The Endoscopy Center will host the Second Annual Bottoms Up for Colon Cancer 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 31.

The event, which aims to increase colon cancer awareness, will raise money for early detection and prevention. Again this year all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s initiative to increase screening rates to 80% by the end of this year. By meeting our fundraising goal, together, we can help prevent 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths within the next 20 years.

Last year we were able to almost double our goal of $5,000 by raising $9,395.92. This year we are setting out to hit that $10,000 mark. The proceeds will benefit the local American Cancer Society and promote early screening and prevention of colon cancer.

The race will start and finish at Founders Park in Rapid City. Registration will open at 10:00 a.m. and the race will begin at 11:00 a.m. Registration fee for all participants on race day is $25.

Early registration for this event is now open and will close March 17. Registration forms are available at The Runner’s Shop, Rapid City Medical Center, and The Endoscopy Center or online at Early registration rates are $20 and $15 for Runners Club members. All racers are invited for lunch and brews under the giant inflatable colon sponsored by Lost Cabin immediately following the race.
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The first 250 people to register will receive a fleece beanie and all participants will receive a SWAG bag at registration. All fitness levels are welcome. This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy!

For more information about the Bottoms Up for Colon Cancer 5K run/walk, call Andi Litton or Leslie Messenger of the Rapid City Medical Center at (605) 342-3280.

Dr. Bernard Joins NPEF in Giving the Gift of Sight this Christmas

Posted by Madison Dusek on Dec 21, 2017 2:25:33 PM


RAPID CITY, SD – This year, Pam Penfield’s Christmas will include Thanksgiving. The Newcastle woman, who works at the local newspaper in advertising, as a photographer, and part-time proof reader, was experiencing rapid vision loss. Her impaired vision was creating limitations in her ability to do her job, as well as perform normal, necessary tasks such as driving or shopping for groceries. Today, as she prepares for the Christmas holiday, she is giving thanks to Northern Plains Eye Foundation (NPEF) for sight-saving surgery that has given her not only restored vision, but renewed hope.

3D Mammography comes to Rapid City

Posted by Madison Dusek on Dec 5, 2017 1:10:45 PM


We are excited to announce that Rapid City Medical Center is going to be offering 3D mammography in November 2017. We will be the first practice in Western South Dakota to offer this technology!

3D mammography detects cancers 15 months sooner than traditional 2D mammography and has a 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive cancers. This technology is also 40 percent more accurate with fewer false alarms.

Why is the HPV Vaccine Important?

Posted by Madison Dusek on Aug 28, 2017 5:13:34 PM


The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is much more than a sexually transmitted disease (STD). While being the most common STD, it affects both genders, can cause pre-cancers and cancers and in some cases goes undetected. Thankfully modern medicine has produced vaccines for the most serious strains and young adults between twelve to sixteen are encouraged to take advantage of this source of prevention.

Solar Eclipse Facts: Things to Know

Posted by Madison Dusek on Aug 21, 2017 11:29:08 AM


Today the solar eclipse will span the United States, coast to coast, for the first time since the summer of 1918. This will impact areas from Oregon to South Carolina, turning daylight into twilight during one of the world’s most unique phenomenons. A total solar eclipse is defined as the point when the Moon completely covers the Sun; a total eclipse can only occur when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth’s surface. Though the solar eclipse is one of the most unique, naturally occurring events, it must be viewed using proper eyewear to prevent eye damage.

Poison Ivy and Hiking: What to do?

Posted by Jack Gibbon on Aug 7, 2017 11:49:20 AM


Hiking in the Black Hills can be enjoyable until you come across a patch of poison ivy. Poison ivy and Hiking coincide as it is the most familiar poisonous plant in the Black Hills. It is an allergenic plant which causes a reaction in most, but not all people. About 85% of the American population is allergic. Having a reaction to poison ivy may at first be scary, below are some preventative measures and ways to control the reaction if you come in contact with the plant.

How to Stay Hydrated in the Summer

Posted by Jack Gibbon on Aug 1, 2017 11:16:44 AM


Summer activites are endless, but in the recent extreme heat the risk of dehydration has increased. The body loses water naturally through sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. Dehydration is the excessive loss of water from the body, and can become a major issue. People may not recognize the symptoms until they are already dehydrated. It is extremely important to balance this loss especially during these hot, summer months.

Help Us Welcome Rheumatologist Jennifer May, MD

Posted by Madison Dusek on Jul 25, 2017 9:37:57 AM


We are pleased to welcome Jennifer May, M.D. and her Rheumatology practice to the Rapid City Medical Center. Her interests include treatment of osteoarthritis, gout, tendinitis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She is especially passionate about systemic vasculitis.

Dr. May is board-certified rheumatologist and has maintained her internal medicine board certification as well. She earned her medical degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in 1999. She continued her training with an internal medicine residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, followed by a rheumatology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

After training at Mayo Clinic, she returned to the Black Hills where she spent five years as a Rheumatologist at Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center, followed by six years at the Aspen Center. She will join Emily Huntley, PA-C at the Rapid City Medical Center at the Mt. Rushmore location in August. She is the past president of Black Hills District Medical Society, served as Counselor to the State Medical Association, and currently appointed to the State Board of Medical Examiners.

“I am excited for this new chapter in my practice and working with an excellent team, supported by a great organization,” Dr. May says.

She is a native of Rapid City where she lives with her husband and three daughters.

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Heat Stroke & More: What You Need to Know About Heat Stress Syndromes

Posted by Dr. Kevin J. Weiland on Jul 5, 2017 10:24:03 AM

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It is hard to believe that the “dog days” of summer are fast approaching. As the mercury rises and our summer fun begins, heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke might occur.

Heat stress syndromes, such as heat exhaustion and stroke, often occur during the first days of a heat wave. These syndromes generally occur when the temperature outside is greater than 90 degrees F, with a relative humidity greater than 60 percent. Unfortunately, those who are affected most by the heat tend to be the very young and the very old.