Rosebud Hospital Closes Emergency Room Due to Staff Changes & Limited Resources

Rosebud Hospital on Rosebud Indian Reservation

Rosebud Hospital on Rosebud Indian Reservation

Special Notice to Rosebud Indian Rervation Residents

Published December 5, 2015

ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION – The Rosebud Hospital’s emergency room on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, located in southwest South Dakota, is on “divert status” due to staffing changes and limited resources, according to a news release distributed by Indian Health Service on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

The divert status becomes effective on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. – local time.

“If individuals are having a medical emergency, they should call 911 for possible ambulance dispatch or go to the nearest 24 hour Emergency Room, located in Winner, South Dakota, and Valentine, Nebraska,” reads the Indian Health Service news release, in part.

Rosebud Hospital remains open to provide outpatient services.  The hospital will also offer 24-hour Urgent Care Services, seven days a week. Patients will continue to be seen for inpatient care, OB surgery and all other current hospital services.

Providing access to quality medical care is a top priority for IHS, and Great Plains Area Indian Health Service continues to work on long and short-term solutions to resume emergency room services at Rosebud Hospital.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a noticed that the 35-bed hospital “was not in compliances with regulatory requirements.”  The notice indicated the hospital’s Medicare agreement with the Health and Human Services will be terminated December 12, 2015.

It is not known, if the unmet regulatory requirements in the notice were directly related to the emergency room’s operation.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s leadership hosted special Tribal Council meeting on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. to discuss its concern and ramification of the closing of the emergency room.

Indian Health Service’s fund are allocated by Congress and maintain there is a major shortfall of what is needed and what is allocated, which limits its ability to properly provide medical care to American Indians and Alaska Natives in Indian Country.

There are some 12,000 people who live on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

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