Julie Ward

Marketing Communications Director at Avera McKennan

As a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a B.A. in English, I took a few career detours into agriculture, construction and event centers, before landing in the healthcare industry in 2007 (never let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything with an English major!). I have worked for Avera McKennan for the past five years and enjoy the fast-paced, dynamic and diverse field of healthcare communications. So much so that I am five classes away from completing a M.S.A.S in Healthcare Administration at the University of South Dakota – the light is at the end of the tunnel! As Avera McKennan’s marketing communications director, I oversee (along with an incredibly talented team of individuals) internal and external communications, media & public relations, partnerships & sponsorships and events.

I was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND and moved to Sioux Falls with my husband and our two dogs in 2007. I have a teenage step-daughter and we enjoy spending time outdoors golfing, gardening, riding motorcycles, and hitting the dog park. I have a passion for animals and enjoy working with organizations dedicated to animal welfare and rescue. This is my first foray into blogging and I look forward to joining the conversation!

Author Archive | Julie Ward

Sharing Your Stories–The Gift of Sight

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens I often tell people I have the greatest gig in healthcare.  As the communications director at Avera McKennan, I am fortunate enough to have a front-row seat to delicate, life-changing medical procedures as they are being performed.  I am invited into people’s lives as they navigate some of the most challenging times they, and their loved ones, will ever face.  Read More »
Patient Stories · McKennan

Acupuncture: Relief for Hot Flashes

I am at that age, 45, where unexpected physical changes are happening that mentally I am not prepared for because mentally, I am still 27. Two months ago, I developed a shin splint walking my dogs that resulted in my having to sport an unfashionable orthopedic boot for ten days (Why can’t someone invent an ortho boot with a kitten heel?) Two days ago, I injured my shoulder in a game of tug-of-war with my dog. Read More »
Employees, Just for Fun, Patient Stories · McKennan