Holm to be featured speaker at health care forum in Watertown

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WATERTOWN – The Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation has announced an upcoming Healthcare Speakers Series event featuring the “Prairie Doc,” Dr. Richard Holm. 

Holm’s presentation is titled “The Fear of Death is Dangerous for Your Health”; he will also talk about his new book, “Life’s Final Season: A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace.”

The free event is on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Watertown Event Center. Refreshments and a book selling and signing will begin at 5:30 p.m., and Holm’s presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Theater. 

Well into the process of writing his book, Holm, at age 67, was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. His book tells of surviving his initial battle with the aid of chemo therapy and surgery. However, the storm is not over. The cancer returned. Dr. Holm finished a second round of chemo and additional surgery on Halloween Day 2018. 

Holm explains, “Some chapters are written specifically to reduce the fear of death, but the intent of this book is that it be a guide to help individuals and caregivers in our quest to age and to eventually face dying with courage, grace, dignity and even enthusiasm.”

A native of De Smet, Holm earned his bachelor’s degree in medicine in 1973 from the University of South Dakota and his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine in 1975. Holm retired after practicing medicine for nearly 40 years in Brookings. He and his wife, Joanie Holm, R.N., C.N.P. have four adult children and continue to live in Brookings where they are active members of the community.

In 2017, Holm was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame and cited as “South Dakota’s Voice of Healthcare.” He is founder and volunteer host of the television show “On Call With the Prairie Doc,” a weekly call-in show offering health information airing on South Dakota Public Broadcasting most Thursdays at 7 p.m. Central Time for more than 16 years. His musings on health, Prairie Doc Perspectives are currently published as weekly columns in 59 South Dakota newspapers.

RSVP for free online at www.prairielakes.com/speakerseries to be entered into an exclusive drawing for Holm’s free book, or call the foundation office at 605-882-7631. Rules apply.

The Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which exists to raise funds with which to support and advance healthcare services through Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.


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