User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


25° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

 Winter Storm for March 2-3, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Half A Century Of Health Care

June 23, 2010, 6:09 PM by Kelli Grant

Half A Century Of Health Care
SIOUX FALLS, SD - If you weren't delivered by Dr. Thomas Looby, you likely know someone who was.

That's because he's been in the delivery room for nearly half a century. But that's about to change.

A lot has changed in medicine since Looby delivered his first baby back in the late 1960s. But one thing has stayed the same: his dedication to patients. It's something one patient is very familiar with.

Mariah Hockett could be considered a veteran mom. She's pregnant with her sixth baby and has a set of twins.  And her doctor is about as experienced as they come.

“It seems like he really cares about his patients,” Hockett said. 

Looby has delivered babies for 43 years, more than 4,000 to be exact.

“Certainly doing the delivery is a big part of, you know, connecting with the patient and being there,” Looby said.

In the past four decades, he's seen how technology has completely changed obstetrics.

“I have had the chance to watch fetal monitoring start. When I was first involved in obstetrics, we could barely tell that the baby had a heart beat,” Looby said.

He was in the delivery room when fathers weren't allowed and watched the world of ultrasound grow.

But in a week, that part of his life will end. Looby will deliver his final baby June 30.

“He said that he would like me to be his last delivery so I was pretty excited about that,” Hockett said.

Looby will have delivered four out of Hockett's six children. Something she wouldn't have any other way, especially since Looby helped bring her twin boys into the world; a pregnancy with several complications.

“It's pretty amazing. It's actually awesome that he's been doing this for so long and still loves his job,” Hockett said.

While he'll no longer be delivering, Looby isn't retiring. He'll continue his OBGYN practice at a different Sanford Clinic just without the late night calls and longer work days.

“There are a lot of ways, I think, of making a change in your life and this seems like the right time to make a change in my life and it certainly feels like a reasonable way to do it,” Looby said.

Previous Story

Next Story


RELATED STORIES
Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Minnesota Man Catches Walleye Whopper

2/27/2015 10:21 AM

Paul Ell of Big Lake, MN snagged a 11.6-pound, 29.5-inch walleye after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
Woman Admits To Having Sexual Contact With A Teenager

2/27/2015 10:44 AM

A former Sioux Falls teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact charges for a relationship she had with a student. 

Full Story
Canadian Man Tunnels Through Snow To Reach Car

2/25/2015 7:50 AM

Prince Edward Island in Canada is one of many provinces and states along the East Coast dealing with record snowfall.

Full Story
Storm Center Update - Sunday AM

3/1/2015 5:47 AM

Temperatures this morning are mostly in the single digits and teens with clouds moving out of the area. Some areas of southern KELOLAND could see some...

Full Story


Events