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Pierre woman elected National Rural Health Association president





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
: Thursday, November 3, 2011
CONTACT: Sandi Durick, (605) 773-3361 
 
Pierre woman elected National Rural Health Association president
 
PIERRE, S.D. – Sandi Durick, Pierre, has been elected president of the National Rural Health Association. Administrator of the South Dakota Department of Health Office of Rural Health, she will serve a year as president-elect beginning January 1, 2012 and will become president in 2013.
Durick has been with the department since 1979 in a variety of administrative and management positions including director of family planning, director of maternal and child health, state recruiter and workforce development coordinator. She has been the rural health administrator since 2007.
“It’s a real honor to have one of South Dakota’s own lead the nation’s largest rural health organization,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “South Dakota’s interests will be well-represented under Sandi’s capable leadership.”
She noted that Durick has played a key role in developing state rural health initiatives and programs such as the state’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative, the Physician Recruiter’s Network, the Health Professional Recruitment Incentive Program, the Critical Access Hospital Patient Safety Collaborative, the Rural Hospital Leadership Development Program, the state Trauma Program, and the Simulation In Motion – South Dakota (SIM-SD) emergency medical training program.
The NRHA is a national, nonprofit organization with more than 20,000 members whose mission is to provide leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. 
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