South Dakota hospital to cease inpatient, emergency services

The Indian Health Service will close the emergency and inpatient departments at IHS Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., and open a new outpatient health center.

The 80-year-old Sioux San Hospital will be replaced with a 200,000 square-foot health center. Although IHS will close the hospital's ED in July 2018, it will continue providing other services at the hospital until the outpatient center is built. IHS expects construction of the health center to be completed in fiscal year 2022.

"Sioux San Hospital has a strong commitment to urgent care and we will continue to focus on improving patient care to meet the needs of our patients and to enhance their quality of care," said Jim Driving Hawk, acting director of the IHS Great Plains Area. "By providing the services the vast majority of our patients require, we will be able to serve those patient populations more efficiently and effectively."

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