At the National Influenza Vaccine Summit last month, the South Dakota Department of Health was honored for its H1N1 immunization effort with the Summit Award for Immunization Coalitions / Public Health / Community Campaign. This award was given for "outstanding efforts and partnerships during the 2009-2010 H1N1 vaccination campaign." Sanford Health, in particular, helped to organize and staff numerous public clinics to administer the H1N1 vaccine.
Coincidently, Wendell Hoffman, MD, a leader in Sanford’s response to the H1N1 pandemic, recently received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota. As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Hoffman has used his expertise to prepare both the medical community and the state to handle pandemics. Additionally, he has worked at the medical school as a clinical associate professor of internal medicine since 1987.
Rodney R. Parry, Medical School Dean, stated, "His contribution to our school is invaluable. As a clinical professor, he continually strives to ensure that our medical students keep pace with the latest trends in the patient safety movement."