Recovery Blog

New Hospital to Start Serving Native Americans

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards, Tribal News by Recovery.gov on January 23, 2012
Cheyenne Health Center

Cheyenne River Health Center, a Recovery funded project in South Dakota’s Indian Country.

On January 17, a newly built Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital began taking patients from the 9,300 Native Americans residing in the counties of Dewey, Haakon, Meade, Potter, Sully, and Ziebach in South Dakota.

The Cheyenne River Health Center, located in the north-central part of the state, was constructed using $84.5 million in Recovery funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 138,000-square-foot facility replaces the former Eagle Butte IHS Hospital, which had become too small to serve the needs of the community.

IHS describes the new hospital as “a modern, technologically advanced facility with enough space and staff to provide an expanded level of health care services specifically designed to meet the needs of the Cheyenne River population.”

The Recovery Act provided a total $500 million through HHS/IHS for:

  • Construction of priority health care facilities
  • Maintenance and improvement of buildings
  • Undertaking water and wastewater sanitation projects
  • Purchase of critical medical equipment and health information technology

Details of the Cheyenne River Recovery award.

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  1. Pulse oximeters said, on January 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Wow, this looks an amazing build! It’s not just solely for native Americans though is it.. ? It’s great to see project like this coming to fruition.

  2. Sally Marsh said, on February 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Great to hear Native Americans need more health care period.


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