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Gubernatorial Candidates Focus on Children

Sanford Teams up with Local Children's Groups to Host Gubernatorial Candidates

(Sioux Falls, SD) Children’s health and safety were the central focus of the South Dakota Gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday evening. Sanford Children’s teamed up with local children’s groups for an informative and productive discussion about the issues facing children of South Dakota.

Just five days before the Republican primary for governor, four of the six candidates for governor joined together at Sanford USD Medical Center in the Schroeder Auditorium.

Sanford Children’s co-sponsored the event along with the South Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The League of Women Voters of South Dakota and South Dakota Voices for Children.

“Sanford Children’s was proud to participate in this forum with the candidates for Governor of South Dakota,” said Gene Hoyme, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sanford Children’s. “As a leader in pediatric care, we believe it is our responsibility to stay involved in health and safety policy issues surrounding children not only in this state, but in all of the communities we serve.”

Candidates in attendance were Republican Dennis Daugaard, Democrat Scott Heidepriem, Republican Dave Knudson and Republican Scott Munsterman.

For more information about the June 2 forum, please contact Sanford Media Relations at (605) 366-2432.

About Sanford Children’s Hospital
A part of the Sanford Health-MeritCare system, Sanford Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care in its region. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the 146-bed Sanford Children’s Hospital includes 76 general pediatric beds, as well as 58 neonatal intensive care beds and 12 pediatric intensive care beds, all in private family suites. With more than 200 pediatric and family medicine physicians and more than 350 pediatric-trained staff, Sanford Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in a family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of children. A leader in children’s healthcare for nearly a century, Sanford Children’s will continue to revolutionize healthcare with this facility, as it will serve as a home base for several new pediatric clinics to be built around the world in the next ten years. For more information, visit



Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
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