VABHHCS responds to Shulkin's decision on Hot Springs campus

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Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin, M.D., announced Thursday that he has deferred the decision to reconfigure the VA Black Hills Health Care System in South Dakota, including the Hot Springs campus. 

The department is undertaking a system-wide look at how to ensure veterans are receiving the best care, where and when they need it. As we design and implement an integrated healthcare system, ensuring veterans receive the best of VA and the best of the community, the Black Hills Healthcare System (HCS) will be part of the review of that design.

This will allow veterans to continue to receive high quality care that they have been receiving to date at Hot Springs, delivered with a holistic approach. This decision also will include allowing Veterans a choice of where they receive their health care.


The current Veterans Choice Program will expire in December and we are working with Congress to pass the needed legislation to modernize how veterans receive their care. In the meantime, we are moving forward with expanding the Rapid City Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and activation of the Members Services National Call Center, as planned.

At this time, implementation of the changes to the Hot Springs campus is deferred while the Department continues to develop plans for the next iteration of the Veterans Choice Program. This decision forms part of VA's modernization.

Shulkin met with U.S. Sens. John Thune, Mike Rounds, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, and had a call with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, to inform them of his decision. 

Information from the VA Black Hills Health Care System

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