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CNN recognizes Sanford Bemidji OB-GYN in annual program

Dr. Johnna Nynas, OB-GYN at Sanford Bemidji
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Dr. Johnna Nynas, OB-GYN at Sanford Bemidji

Dr. Johnna Nynas was recognized on CNN's Champions of Change program for her work in expanding telehealth to pregnant women in rural Minnesota.

BEMIDJI — Dr. Johnna Nynas, an OB-GYN at Sanford Bemidji, was recognized by CNN’s Champions for Change program, which highlights people making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Nynas’ work on rural maternal health care through telehealth was featured in a recent CNN story detailing Sanford’s virtual approach to treating pregnant women in rural towns throughout Northern Minnesota. Sanford provides patients with a toolkit that includes a Doppler to measure fetal heart rate and a blood pressure cuff for virtual prenatal appointments.

“Many patients may not have a reliable vehicle or money for gas, so when we bring the care to these women and make it easier, they’re more likely to engage in the recommended care, and that contributes to better outcomes for our patients and their babies,” Nynas said.

Nynas was also credited for her work in establishing the Families First: Rural Maternity Health Collaborative in the region through a U.S. Health and Human Services grant for rural maternity care. The collaborative is focused on improving access and reducing inequitable outcomes for women in rural, underserved and tribal communities.

Nynas was one of 14 recognized in CNN’s annual Champions for Change program, joining leaders in industries like health care, education, fashion and art.