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Published on February 22, 2019

Dr. Chad Thurman with a former Pine Ridge volunteer team. From left to right is Peg Corey, retired Gundersen RN, and Christina Arostegui, RN, NP, Neurology.

Global Partners celebrates decade-long partnership with Pine Ridge

Last fall marked Global Partners' tenth year working with the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Over the years, many Gundersen providers and specialists have proudly volunteered their talents to the Wanblee clinic and other entities through this special partnership. With each passing year, the number of inspirational and heart-felt stories only continues to grow.

To learn more about Global Partners' partnerships in the U.S. and abroad or make a financial gift in honor of this milestone, visit gundersenhealth.org/globalpartners.

"Tell that doctor thank you for giving me my life back"

This is the impact one Global Partners volunteer was able to make for a Lakota woman in Pine Ridge.

Chad Thurman, MD, Family Medicine-Onalaska, met this woman when she came as a patient to the Wanblee clinic, seeking help for a chronic rash that had taken over much of her body. Dr. Thurman had seen this woman a year prior when the rash was in its beginning stages, but typical treatments had no effect. The woman came back the next year with hope that the Gundersen team could perhaps do more to help her.

The rash was now severe and had spread across portions of her face, arms, chest and back. Dr Thurman explained, "Normally I would refer this patient to Dermatology, but this type of consultant was not available on Pine Ridge Reservation. I partnered with Dr. Abigail Taub [Dematology-Onalaska] through Medlink."

Together, they determined it was a painful and blistering rash that can be chronic. From there, Dr. Thurman was able to partner with Wanblee provider Meg Musselman, NP, to assist with the complicated follow-up care.

Not more than a few months later, Dr. Thurman heard back that the woman's rash was completely resolved. Thanks to the care made possible through Global Partners' partnership with the Wanblee clinic in Pine Ridge, this woman's suffering had finally come to an end. She thanks and credits Gundersen's Global Partners for her new-found confidence.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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