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Rosebud IHS Emergency Room to Reopen Friday after 7 Months

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A shuttered emergency room at a government-run hospital on South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation is reopening.

The Argus Leader reports Chris Buchanan with the Indian Health Service told tribal officials the facility will reopen Friday. It’s been closed since December, in part because IHS struggled to maintain appropriate staffing levels.

Since then, nine people have died and five babies have been delivered in ambulances on their way to other facilities.

Re-opening the department with the help of contracted group AB Staffing Solutions is one of the requirements the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services set for the hospital to maintain its ability to bill to that agency, a key source of funding.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says more work needs to be done to ensure quality tribal health care.

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