About Us

The South Dakota Coalition for Excellence in Patient Care has a mission to ensure that health care in South Dakota continues to be delivered with a team-based approach focused on patients.

During the last several state legislative sessions, special interest groups have attempted to change South Dakota’s laws to remove physician involvement in patient care.

The South Dakota Coalition for Excellence in Patient Care uses research, advocacy and education to defend the practice of medicine against proposed changes in state law that seek to remove team-based care and threaten patient safety.

All health care professionals play an essential role in providing care for patients and are important members of the care team. However, the skillsets of non-physicians are not interchangeable with that of fully trained physicians. The high-stakes field of medicine demands the leadership that comes with the education, experience and acumen of fully trained physicians. Physicians work closely with all members of the health care team to care for patients – a team-based model is vital for high-quality patient care.


Meet the South Dakota Coalition for Excellence in Patient Care

Our coalition includes:

  • Aberdeen District Medical Society
  • Black Hills District Medical Society
  • Huron District Medical Society
  • Madison-Brookings District Medical Society
  • Mitchell District Medical Society
  • Northwest (Mobridge) District Medical Society
  • Pierre District Medical Society
  • Sioux Falls District Medical Society
  • South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians
  • South Dakota Academy of Ophthalmology
  • South Dakota Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • South Dakota Chapter, American College of Physicians
  • South Dakota Psychiatric Association
  • South Dakota State Medical Association
  • South Dakota Society of Pathologists
  • South Dakota State Orthopaedic Society
  • Watertown District Medical Society
  • Yankton District Medical Society