SD rural hospitals threatened by federal proposal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Twenty-six rural South Dakota critical access hospitals the state considers threatened by a federal agency’s proposal that could take away the extra payments they get for service to Medicare patients because they are less than 35 miles from the nearest hospital, with location and distance to nearest hospital:

— Douglas County Memorial Hospital; Armour; 18.5 miles.

— Bowdle Hospital; Bowdle; 24.1 miles.

— Burke Community Memorial Hospital; Burke; 8.5 miles.

— Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center; Canton; 21.5 miles.

— Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center; Clear Lake; 22.6 miles.

— Custer Regional Hospital; Custer; 33.9 miles.

— Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital; Deadwood; 15.5 miles.

— Avera Dells Area Health Center; Dell Rapids; 22 miles.

— Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital; De Smet; 33.9 miles.

— Eureka Community Hospital; Eureka; 24.1 miles.

— Avera Flandreau Medical Center; Flandreau; 17.2 miles.

— Freeman Community Hospital; Freeman; 30 miles

— Avera Gregory Healthcare Center; Gregory; 8.5 miles.

— Fall River Health Services; Hot Springs; 33.9 miles.

— Huron Regional Medical Center; Huron; 33.9 miles.

— Madison Community Hospital; Madison; 31.6 miles.

— Milbank Area Hospital Avera Health; Milbank; 12.3 miles.

— Avera St. Benedict Health Center; Parkston; 23.2 miles.

— Platte Health Center Avera; Platte; 28.8 miles.

— Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital; Scotland; 19.7 miles.

— Sturgis Regional Hospital; Sturgis; 15.5 miles.

— St. Michael’s Hospital Avera; Tyndall; 19.7 miles.

— Sanford Vermillion Medical Center; Vermillion; 27.8 miles.

— Pioneer Memorial Hospital; Viborg; 30 miles.

— Wagner Community Memorial Hospital; Wagner; 18.5 miles.

— Winner Regional Healthcare Center; Winner; 25.3 miles. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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