DWU nursing student wins first place Governor’s Giant Vision award
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ashley Kingdon-Reese, a Dakota Wesleyan University nursing student, has won this year’s Governor’s Giant Vision Award in the student category with her business plan for Independent Health Solutions.
Reese was named the winner of the $5,000 award on Tuesday night at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Conference banquet in Sioux Falls. Reese plans to open doors to Independent Health Solutions in Huron, where she is from, by this summer. They will offer home health care services, independent from any particular hospital.
“I believe this will be the first agency in South Dakota that will be independent (from a hospital), offering care equally, without competition between difference agencies,” Reese said in an earlier interview.
Home health care begins with a doctor’s assessment that a patient could better recover at home, under the supervision of a home care nurse. This can be for a variety of reasons, Reese said, for instance, if the patient’s needs do not require 24-hour attention of a hospital staff and could be treated at home. Another reason could be to prevent exposure to hospital germs or possible infection for patients with compromised immune systems.
“Prior to this, all house health care came from a hospital,” she said. “Independent Health Solutions would be a hub, a place where nurses will be and the public is welcome. The front area will have a conference room for family meetings to take place with or without the patient.”
Independent Health Solutions would offer temporary nurse staffing and also provide catered education for anyone in the field.
Other winners include:
Second ($4,000): College Golf Bound, Kyle Cooper, South Dakota State University
Third ($3,000): Dr. Dak’s Protein Pack, Jeremiah Fawcett, Northern State University
Fourth ($2,000): Nanotechnology R&D Company of the Black Hills, Greg Christensen, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
“The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Awards and Governor’s Giant Vision Student Awards were established to help citizens realize that South Dakota is the very best place to start a successful business,” states a press release by the organization.
The program was designed as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete for seed money and a chance to achieve their dream.
The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition is a program of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is an annual event held in April.