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About Us

Madison Regional Health System is a 22-bed non-profit facility committed to providing quality healthcare close to home. Madison Regional Health System has served Madison and its surrounding communities for over 135 years and is governed by a Board of Directors. Designated as an award-winning Critical Access Hospital, Madison Regional Health System provides healthcare services to residents who would otherwise have to travel long distances for care.

Our health system integrates a hospital, clinic, multiple departments, and other partnered healthcare companies and includes 270+ employees dedicated to providing quality inpatient and outpatient healthcare services.

“The new building is very well appointed. I really like Dr. Clem, he takes the time needed to understand why you are there and to solve for treatment. Great “bedside” manner. I also worked with some of the physical therapists and they were also great.” -J.M.C.

Our Mission

Madison Regional Health System serves as a community health focal point through the provision of compassionate, quality, and innovative care.  

Our Vision

To Provide Quality Healthcare, Close to Home.

Board of Directors

Bob VanLiere, President
Robin Schwebach, Vice-President
Lois Niedert, Secretary
Betty VanDerWerff, Treasurer
Danny Brown    
Laura Johnson
Ryan Kappenman
Jeff Minnaert
Sandy Schwader
Dan Talley
Brady Wiebe

Job Shadow Program

If you have an interest in a future healthcare career, Madison Regional Health System offers job shadowing for individuals who 16 years of age or older. Our program gives you the opportunity to observe a healthcare professional, ask any questions about the field, and experience what it’s like to work in healthcare.

Types of Experiences

Individuals aged 16+ who are seeking job shadow opportunities typically shadow for 8 hours with a variety of healthcare professionals (not including providers). Post-secondary job shadow experiences can be scheduled for up to 40 hours to gain a better understanding of health care. Students are not allowed to participate directly in the hands-on delivery of care.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must be 16 years or older. Parental or legal guardian consent is required if the student is under 18.
  • Complete the job shadow application (PDF)
  • Documentation of flu vaccinations (or approved exemption for medical/religious belief) are required for job shadow experiences scheduled to occur between October 1st and March 31st of each year
  • Email your application to, drop it off at the front desk or mail it to us at:
    Madison Regional Health System
    Attn: Director of Quality & Safety
    323 SW 10th St.
    Madison, SD 57042
    Please note that we will make every effort to reply to your request within 30 days.

Internship Program

Our Vision for the Program

At Madison Regional Health System, our mission is to provide quality healthcare close to home. We recognize that this can only be done by adding compassionate, team-oriented members to our team. Internship programs allow us to have an enhanced presence on college campuses while also providing students an opportunity to learn from professionals in their field. We are committed to providing an exceptional learning and working environment for South Dakota students, in particular.

General Options

MRHS has identified three specific internships that are in high need and provide the most benefit to the organization. These areas are nursing, IT, and administrative. These are all high need areas for the facility and have accredited programs through the South Dakota Board of Regents. Applicants reserve the right to apply for internships in other departments. Decisions on internships will be made by the CEO and the director of the desired department.

Nursing MRHS is committed to providing nursing clinical internships to upcoming nurses that are planning to graduate within the next two semesters. The MRHS nursing internship program is certified by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and additional requirements may need to be met based on their policies. Nurses involved in the program will be hired as MRHS employees and will work with a supervisor for 10 weeks. Interns may also enroll for college credit through their universities. Interns can inquire about a loan forgiveness program to assist in covering tuition. The number of interns taken per semester is reliant on how many supervisors are willing and able to mentor students. This is the only internship program that has a specified length and the requirement that the student is an MRHS employee.

IT MRHS is committed to providing IT students with a program that prepares them for the complex world of IT in healthcare. While on site, IT students will learn of the importance of IT and the fact that every other department depends on it to keep daily operations running smoothly. Students will also be introduced to how our EMR system functions. It is likely interns may spend time in all departments as they assist staff in resolving IT issues. In addition, IT interns may be assigned additional projects by their supervisor or by their academic institution.

Administrative MRHS provides administrative internships to future healthcare professionals to expose them to all aspects of managing a healthcare facility. Administrative interns will complete an administrative and/or research project that they decide upon with their supervisor. These projects should benefit both the student and the facility. The only university in South Dakota with the major of health services administration, USD, also requires at least two projects to be completed by the student in order to receive academic credit. They will spend the majority of their time working on these projects, spending time with the CEO, and shadowing different departments within the facility. MRHS will try to accommodate any other academic requirements set in place by other universities.

Application Periods

Application periods closely line up with the academic calendar. Applications close for the upcoming semester on Friday at 5 P.M. the week of midterms of the current semester. For example, an applicant must apply before spring semester midterms in order to be considered for a summer semester internship. Keep in mind the earlier an application is submitted the better, as positions will fill quickly. This process allows for MRHS staff to properly review applications and conduct a formal interview process. Upon hiring, MRHS staff will still have time to prepare projects and curriculum that will be most beneficial to the student and the facility alike.

How to Apply Applicants will need to submit a cover letter and a resume with at least three references. If the student is applying through an academic institution, contact information for the internship coordinator will need to be attached as well. An academic transcript may be requested by MRHS on a per-need basis. Applicants may also be required to submit test scores or certifications depending on the department.

Applications can be found here.

Applications can be submitted to

Internship Program Policy


Madison Regional Health System is a non-profit, independent healthcare facility serving Madison and its surrounding communities for over 135 years.
Madison Regional Health System is a 22-bed, Medicare and Medicaid-certified facility that provides cost-effective, quality inpatient and outpatient healthcare services.
We are committed to quality health care close to home. Our new facility, located on the south edge of Madison, offers state-of-the-art medicine.
Join our exceptional team by clicking the button below. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to our employees.

Are you thinking of relocating to Madison, South Dakota?
Madison, South Dakota, is a progressive community nestled between two lakes, Lake Madison and Lake Herman.
Located 50 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, Madison possesses small-town hospitality with unmistakable energy.

Our Community

Take a tour through Madison on our city website: You will find the latest news and events as well as links to local government, recreation, education and business. We invite you to Discover the Unexpected in Madison, South Dakota.

More helpful information about our community

For further information on Madison and the surrounding area, visit the following websites:

Our City – take a look at our city – Madison’s Chamber of Commerce – an overview of Lake County, SD

Local Media – excerpts from the Madison Daily Leader newspaper – local radio broadcasting

Education – information on Madison Central school district – state university located in Madison – St. Thomas Elementary School – Madison Christian School – SD Organ donation information page – SD hospital price comparisons – Ophthalmology LTD – Stanford Hearing Aids – Madison location of Sanford Dialysis

Recreation – new facility utilized by both the community and the college – historic village located on the banks of Lake Herman – Lake Herman State Park – for information on Walker’s Point Recreational Area


Thank you for exploring volunteer opportunities at Madison Regional Health System! Our volunteer services department is dedicated to respecting the dignity, individuality and diversity of our patients, families, physicians, volunteers, employees, and the communities we serve.

Our gift shop is operated by volunteers and is open from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Volunteer duties include ringing up purchases, assisting customers, and other tasks. Volunteering is a great way to work with staff, patients, and their families!
The hospital provides complimentary Valet Parking every Wednesday and the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, with drivers working in pairs for 4-hour shifts. We hope to add more days and times as more volunteers give the gift of their time. Drivers must have valid driver’s licenses. A friendly, caring manner, reliability, and confidentiality are imperative.

To give the gift of your time, please call 605-256-6551 or complete the volunteer application from this page and either drop it off at or send it to:

MRHS, 323 SW 10th Street, Madison, SD 57042.

We welcome the application of all individuals. Please complete the Volunteer Application Form (Word file) or Volunteer Application Form (PDF file) for consideration to become a volunteer.

Community Health Needs Assessment

In order that Madison Regional Health System is efficient in meeting the healthcare needs of our community, we are required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). To review previous CHNAs and their Implementation Strategies, click on any of the links below.

Implementation Strategy 2022

Community Health Needs Assessment 2022

Implementation Strategy 2019

Community Health Needs Assessment 2019

Implementation Strategy 2016

Community Health Needs Assessment 2016

Community Health Needs Assessment 2013

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