Indian Health Services to shutter troubled South Dakota ED

The Indian Health Service plans to stop emergency services at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., while the agency updates the facility's emergency department, reports Argus Leader.

The ED will close Sept. 20. IHS did not say when it will re-open the department, but it described the closure as temporary.

"Due to a number of factors, including the age of the Sioux San facility, we have concluded that the emergency department has certain limitations and many emergency cases must currently be transferred to another emergency department in Rapid City," IHS said in a prepared statement.

Earlier this year, CMS reported the hospital was in "immediate jeopardy" of losing federal funding after CMS found SSH's emergency department had misdiagnosed and refused treatment to some patients.

SSH will continue to provide urgent care and outpatient services to patients while the ED undergoes upgrades.


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