Ground finally broken for new VA Outpatient Clinic
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A groundbreaking over a decade in the making is going to go a long way towards improving veteran health care in the area.
After about 17 years of hard work by Dream Design International, the VA Black Hills Health Care System, our congressional delegation, and many others, ground was finally broken Friday morning on the future site of the VA Community-based Outpatient Clinic in Rapid City.
The approximately 49,000 square foot facility will be located off Mount Rushmore Road and Catron Boulevard near many of the VA’s health care and community partners.
With that much space, the VA will be expanding its services to the area’s approximately 7,000 veterans. The new clinic will also include a women’s health center.
“As we know in VA, our women veterans are our fastest and largest growing population of veterans and so we need to make sure that we’re addressing their healthcare needs,” said VA Black Hills Health Care System Director Sandra Horsman.
The Outpatient Clinic will also provide primary care, mental health, physical therapy ,and an expanded pharmacy and laboratory.
The project was made possible through a grant from the U.S. General Services Administration and is expected to be completed and start accepting patients in early 2023.