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Sanford Childrens Welcomes Dr Eugene Hoyme

From Stanford to Sanford - renowned physician returns. Today, Sanford Health announces the naming of H. Eugene Hoyme, MD as the Chief Pediatric Medical Officer for Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Eugene HoymeWhen Eugene Hoyme graduated from Augustana College in 1972, he began a trail of clinical significance, esteemed professorships and an award-laden research career. Today, Sanford Health announces the naming of H. Eugene Hoyme, MD as the Chief Pediatric Medical Officer for Sanford Children’s Hospital.

His return to Sioux Falls marks the significance of Sanford Health’s new focuses on patient care, research and education, particularly in the area of Pediatrics, and reemphasizes the community’s ability to draw the world’s best medical talent.

Dr. Hoyme will also serve as the new Chair for the Department of Pediatrics for the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota. A distinguished leader in pediatrics, Dr. Hoyme joins the Sanford School of Medicine from Stanford University, where he served as Professor of Pediatrics & Chief of Medical Genetics for the Stanford University School of Medicine at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital since 1997. He will assume his position on August 1, 2007.

"We are pleased to have been able to attract such an experienced and distinguished leader of the healthcare industry," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, CEO of Sanford Health. "Dr. Hoyme exemplifies the talented and passionate people we will continue to draw to this effort. Adding to a phenomenal team at Sanford Children’s, today, we have taken one more step toward the future accomplishment of the Sanford Initiatives."

A native of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, Dr. Hoyme received his B.A. from Augustana College. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago, and his residency and fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Hoyme is an example of the caliber of patient care, research and education staff Sanford Health will seek in meeting the organization’s goals for the Sanford Initiatives. Dr. Hoyme is well-recognized by his peers as having a strong and sustained commitment to clinical practice, research and teaching. He is recognized internationally as an authority on Clinical Genetics and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

During his career, he has received numerous awards and prestigious appointments, including President of Western Society for Pediatric Research, Chair of Executive Committee American Academy of Pediatrics Genetics Section along with many others.

In 2006, Dr. Hoyme attended the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Development Committee for Physicians in Academic Health Centers. He has published hundreds of papers and research findings and is a reviewer for 20 leading medical journals.

Dr. Hoyme possesses the leadership qualities and interpersonal skills to continue to take Sanford Children’s to even greater heights. The new Chief Pediatric Medical Officer position will be instrumental in focusing and guiding pediatric initiatives, through Sanford Children’s Hospital, in patient care, research and education.

"The Sanford Children’s team has developed a rock solid foundation on which the Sanford Children’s Hospital and the Sanford Pediatric Research Institute are to be built," said Becky Nelson, President of Sanford USD Medical Center. "Dr. Hoyme joins a team that is committed to the betterment of the lives of children and that has established a legacy of passion and professionalism in this region. Together, we will create centers of Pediatric care where children and families will feel the concentration of this shared commitment, passion and professionalism."

H. Eugene Hoyme, MD

• Is board certified in four different medical areas
• Has held or is holding 19 administrative and 24 hospital/clinic appointments
• Has participated in seven editorial/advisory boards
• Is a reviewer of 20 national journal publications
• Has been involved in 33 national or international and 62 local and regional professional service activities
• Has been involved with 11 community service committees or boards
• Has received seven major teaching and clinical awards
• Has conducted 22 visiting professorships or invited lectureships
• Is a member of 15 professional societies
• Is/was the principal investigator or similar role on 21 different grants or contracts
• Has trained 19 postdoctoral fellows
• Has published 103 original professional articles, 15 chapters and monographs, 145 Research Abstracts and a book and has given 531 invited presentations

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health’s comprehensive, integrated system includes more than 340 physicians in 115 clinics, 24 hospitals, 13 nursing homes, 17 assisted living facilities and congregate living locations, 27 home health services and 19 pharmacies. With some 12,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the region. Its primary 500-bed nonprofit tertiary care hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, serves an average of more than 50,000 inpatients annually. With more than a million outpatient visits each year, Sanford Health has served the 60,000 square mile, four-state region of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska for over 110 years. Sanford Health is the largest healthcare system between Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Denver, CO. Its divisions include Sanford USD Medical Center, Sanford Clinic, Sanford Regional Health, Sanford Health Plan and Sanford Health Foundation.

About the Sanford Initiatives
In February 2007, Sanford Health launched initiatives in national Pediatric patient care, worldclass health research and medical education. In the next ten years, Sanford Health will expand its Children’s initiatives to include five Pediatric clinics throughout the United States. These clinics will be linked to outreach resources via the Sanford Children’s Hospital, due to open in 2009 in Sioux Falls, SD. The Sanford Pediatric Research Institute will be a focal point of increased research initiatives to be launched in a new state-of-the-art medical research facility in Sioux Falls. And a commission of research experts and industry leaders will help the organization identify the Sanford Project, Sanford Health’s intentional and multi-faceted attack of one of the world’s greatest healthcare concerns.

About the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota
The Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has earned a reputation as one of the best medical schools in the nation emphasizing family practice. Most recently, U.S. News and World Report listed the School of Medicine as 10th in the country in recognition of its strong achievements in Rural Medicine. In their 2005 annual ranking of America's Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News & World Report also rated The U as 27th in the nation for Family Medicine (there are approximately 125 accredited medical schools in the U.S.) These accolades, along with nationally recognized research, demonstrate the high caliber of The School of Medicine.

As a community-based program, the curriculum emphasizes family medicine and primary care with the support and participation by practicing physicians and community hospitals throughout the state.