Dr. Jessica Sedevie with her husband, Lance, and 1-year-old son, Kaleb.

Sanford physician: Doing good is contagious

January 24, 2019

“It feels great to give back and doing good is contagious.” — Dr. Jessica Sedevie, OB/GYN at Sanford Bismarck

When Dr. Sedevie first heard about the Above and Beyond campaign for child life, she saw the opportunity to make a real difference for the patients she serves. As an OB/GYN, she helps bring children into the world and wants to do her part to make sure they get the best possible pediatric care in the hospital and clinics at Sanford Bismarck.

“It’s so important to have someone who knows how to communicate with kids and make the entire experience easier on the kiddo and the families,” Dr. Sedevie said. “Child life does that. To have this as a completely complimentary service and for Sanford to be able to go above and beyond in this way, free of charge, without putting that on the families is really incredible.

“When you put all of that together, there isn’t a good reason not to get involved.”

With her husband, Lance, she created the Dr. Jessica and Lance Sedevie Endowment for Child Life Program in Honor of Kaleb Sedevie. With their gift, the family is also sponsoring a patient room as part of the future NICU renovation at Sanford Bismarck.

“The biggest moment for me was being able to walk into the Sanford Health Foundation office and give back,” Dr. Sedevie said. “That was a really big amazing moment for me personally.”


A personal connection

Dr. Sedevie feels especially close to this cause since having her first child, Kaleb. Luckily, the 1-year-old hasn’t had any major medical issues and is walking and talking more every day. But since having a child of her own, Dr. Sedevie said she can really imagine the stress and anxiety families with a sick child face.

“I’ve had several patients, friends and family members who have had babies in the NICU or ill children,” Dr. Sedevie said. “Once I had a child of my own, everything I had heard started to hit closer to home.”

She’s gained a new appreciation of the neonatal and pediatric care available right here at Sanford Bismarck.

“I can’t imagine what it would be like if Kaleb was sick,” Dr. Sedevie said. “Our biggest hurdles have been a heel poke as a newborn and some ear tubes. I can’t imagine what some of these parents must be going through to see their little ones be sick.

“We want to do anything we can to make that experience better for those families.”

The cause also hits close to home for Lance. He was born two months premature, weighing just 2 pounds, 11 ounces.

He spent the first month of his life at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., more than 10 hours from his family’s home in Williston, N.D. When his family finally brought him home, he still only weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces.

“I was pretty much a miracle baby,” Lance said. “Now we can have a good quality NICU for these new miracles babies here in Bismarck where they are closer to home.”


Making a big difference

With the support of donors like the Sedevies, Sanford Bismarck launched the region’s first child life program last fall. Sanford is committed to maintaining this crucial non-billed service in our region and matches gifts to the Above and Beyond campaign dollar for dollar.

“Since Sanford matches donations, it doesn’t take a lot to start making a big difference.  This provides an opportunity to start making a difference, which is an amazing feeling.”

To learn more about the Above and Beyond campaign and show your support today, visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/childlife. Join us to take pediatric care to a new level and go above and beyond for local kids and families.