Health Care Facility Licensure & Certification Contacts

Cassie Deffenbaugh, Administrator, 605-773-3356

  • Jennifer Maeschen, Assistant Administrator, 605-995-8147
    • Coordination of survey and certification process
    • Personnel management of Advisors
  • Carrie Christopherson, Western Regional Manager, 605-773-3694
    • Coordination of survey and certification process
    • Personnel management (Rapid City, Pierre, and Mitchell)
  • Patricia Brinkley, Eastern Regional Manager, 605-367-5375
    • Coordination of survey and certification process
    • Personnel management (Sioux Falls)
  • Jim Bailey, Medical Facilities Engineer, 605-367-5434
    • Coordination and technical assistance of Life Safety Code surveys, construction requirements, and reviews
    •  Personnel management (Engineers and Life Safety staff)
  • Julie Jenssen, Licensing, Certification, and Enforcement Program Assistant, 605-773-3901
    • Processing survey documents
    • Licensure, certification, and enforcement requirements
  • Jean Koch, Acute Care Nurse Advisor, 605-995-8985
    • Advisor for hospitals, ASCs, CAHs, and OPPT issues
    • Licensure, certification, and enforcement actions
    • ESRD, Transplant, and Birthing Centers
  • Jennifer Maeschen, ALC, RLC, and AFC Nurse Advisor, 605-995-8147
    • Advisor for assisted living, residential living, and adult foster care issues
    • Licensure, certification, and enforcement actions
  • Diana Weiland, Long Term Care and Abortion Facilities Advisor, 605-995-8057
    • Advisor for nursing facility and ICF/IID issues
    • Advisor for CNA testing and training
    • Licensure, certification, and enforcement actions
  • Denise Broadbent, Laboratory Advisor, 605-394-6173
    • Advisor for laboratory
    • Technical coordinator of ASPEN database
    • CLIA advisor
  • Melissa Slaba, Radiation Safety (West River), 605-773-4065 
    • Technical assistance on radiation safety
    • Federal/state surveys of medical imaging equipment/procedures
  • John Priest, Advisor of Radiation Safety and Rural Health Clinics, 605-367-5672
    • Advisor for Radiation Safety, MQSA, and Rural Health Clinics issues
    • Licensure, certification, and enforcement actions
    • Federal/state surveys of medical imaging equipment/procedures
  • Connor McVay, 605-773-3906
    • Controlled Substances
    • Technical assistance for pharmacy issues for all facility types
  • Shelly Walstead, Complaint and CNA Programs, 605-367-4640
    • Facility event reporting abuse, neglect, misappropriation of funds, and injuries of unknown origin
    • Coordinates complaint investigations
    • Coordinates CNA enforcement activities
  • Carrie Christopherson, Hospice, Home Health, and PRTF Nurse Advisor, 605-773-3694
    • Advisor for hospice, home health, and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF)
    • OASIS Educational Coordinator for HHAs
    • Licensure, certification, and enforcement actions
  • Jolene Juneau, MDS Coordinator, 605-773-6373
    • Coordinates MDS Activities
    • Provides Technical Assistance for RAI questions
  • Tina Muller, MDS Coordinator, 605-773-5116
    • Coordinates MDS Activities
    • Provides Technical Assistance for RAI questions
  • Rachel Landmark, Training Coordinator, 605-367-5441
    • Coordinates surveyor orientation and training