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Trained to handle life’s emergencies better and faster


When you enter the doors at Sanford Aberdeen’s emergency department, we give you exactly what you need – a short wait and expert care.

Sanford Aberdeen’s emergency department is now a verified Level III Trauma Center, which means you have access to comprehensive 24/7 trauma care delivered by a team prepared to handle life’s emergencies.

We also offer you immediate access to these experts in emergency care. With the region’s only team of physicians specially trained in emergency medicine, you get the timely care you need and the expertise you can trust.

Meet our Emergency Medicine physician team:
Kevin Aston, DO
Scott Blanchard, DO
Gage Dixon, DO
Andrew Gough, DO
Kara Dahl, DO
Sue Leon, PA-C
Tonya Struble, CNP 
Jennifer Steiner, CNP

Sanford Aberdeen understands the importance of quality care, which is reflected in our patient satisfaction scores for physician care, staff and service. Our team consistently earns scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction surveys.

Our emergency department features seven exam rooms and two trauma rooms. Two exam rooms are also equipped with negative airflow, which helps to keep contaminants contained and prevents others from getting sick.
To increase efficiency, the emergency department is in close proximity to the radiology and laboratory department. Those services are available all times of the day and night, including CT scans, MRIs and nuclear medicine.

In addition to our skilled staff, Sanford Aberdeen uses the latest in technology including portable ultrasound, electronic medical records, LIFENET capabilities (12-lead EKG transmitted from the ambulance to the emergency department) and quick access to flight teams in Sioux Falls and Fargo. We also have telemedicine capabilities to a Level 2 emergency department for trauma patients.

You can reach the Emergency Department at (605) 626-4200.