IHS Rapid City Service Unit transfer to Oyate Health Center
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Beginning on Saturday, February 26, all health care services provided at the IHS Rapid City Service Unit will transfer to the tribally-managed Oyate Health Center clinic operated by the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board.
According to a release from the Indian Health Service, the Oyate Health Center will provide comprehensive primary care, specialty services and community-based services for the Rapid City Service Unit, which primarily serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Additionally, ambulatory care services and referral services will also be provided to enhance the delivery of primary health care in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention.
“We welcome this opportunity to participate in the transition from federal to tribal program operations on behalf of IHS beneficiaries in the Rapid City Area,” said IHS Acting Deputy Director, Elizabeth Fowler. “We are confident the Oyate Health Center will continue to provide excellent health care to patients throughout the Great Plains Area.”
The IHS says that patients who require care beyond the capabilities of the Rapid City Service Unit will be referred to outside providers.
Patients in need of emergency services will be transferred to the Monument Health Rapid City Hospital, approximately four miles away of the service unit.