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Yutrzenkas Recognized by Dakota Hospital Foundation

Photo of Barbara and Gerald Yutrzenka. Barbara and Gerald Yutrzenka were honored by the Dakota Hospital Foundation.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Barbara and Gerald Yutrzenka were the recipients of the 2017 Community Health Service Award from the Dakota Hospital Foundation of Vermillion, South Dakota.

The Dakota Hospital Foundation established the award in 2001 to recognize members or organizations who have worked to benefit the health and health care of the Vermillion community.

Barbara and Gerald “Jerry” Yutrzenka have contributed long service to the Dakota Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and each has been deeply involved in numerous activities aimed at improving health care in the Vermillion community and region.

Barbara Yutrzenka, Ph.D., joined the University of South Dakota as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology in 1984. From 1988 to 2015, she served as director of the USD clinical psychology doctoral program. She also served two terms as Interim Dean of Graduate Education at USD. She retired in 2015.

Gerald Yutrzenka, Ph.D., has been a faculty member of the USD Sanford School of Medicine’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences since 1984. He has held several leadership roles centered on building a more diverse health care workforce in South Dakota. He served as president of the Dakota Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2007. In 2014, he was appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News