The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) is committed to providing high-quality, safe and accessible health care to the Veterans in western South Dakota dn the bordering states of Nebraska and Wyoming.
The BHHCS provides primary, surgical, behavioral health, Community Living centers and domiciliary (residential rehabilitation treatment program) care.
The VA BHHCS is a part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (Veterans Integrated Service Network 23), which includes facilities in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.
The VA BHHCS consists of two medical centers located at Hot Springs and Fort Meade (approximately 90 miles apart); and a VA-staffed Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinic located in Rapid City.
Contract Community Clinics are located in Pierre, Winner and Mission, South Dakota, and Gordon and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
There is also a contract with Prairie Community Health which has clinics available to Veterans in Eagle Butte, Isabel, and Faith, South Dakota.
The BHHCS operates Outpatient Clinics in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Newcastle, Wyoming.
There are also Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) programs in McLaughlin, Eagle Butte, and Pine Ridge, South Dakota, serving Veterans on the tanding Rock, Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations.
Services offered within the BHHCS include the following:
Inpatient Primary Care, Inpatient Surgery, ICU (4 beds), Inpatient Psychiatry, Community Living Center, Emergency Care, Primary Care, Ambulatory Surgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Endoscopy, Audiology, Optometry, Podiatry, Dental, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Medical Oncology, Rehab Medicine (Physiatry), and Outpatient Mental Health.
VA BHHCS has active education affiliations with the Sanford School of Medicine, with several staff members holding faculty appointments to the University.
Approximately 200 residents, interns and students are trained at the VA BHHCS each year.
There is a current nursing student affiliation with the South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Oglala Lakota College, National American University, Western Dakota Technical Institute, and South Dakota Job Corps.
There are affiliations involving pharmacology, social work, psychology, optometry, medical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, health service administration, physician assistant, recreation therapeutics, certified nursing assistants, painters, and environmental management-houskeeping with the other agencies and institutes.
The BHHCS continues to actively participate in Research programs, and was awarded a full three-year re-accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) in December 2009, and most recently was awarded a two
year extension to that full accreditation.