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IHS users to share concerns on health care

IHS users to share concerns on health care


A group of citizens concerned with the quality of health care at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City will host Indian Health Service staff at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Woyatan Lutheran Church, 522 Anamosa St.

The meeting is to discuss the unmet health concerns of Native Americans in the Rapid City area, according to Richard Boyd, a spokesman for the group. An Aberdeen Area IHS administrator, Dixie Gaikowski, will attend, as will health board officials from three area tribes: Oglala, Rosebud and Cheyenne River. Fred Koebrick, chief executive officer of the Rapid City IHS unit, and other departmental heads at Sioux San, are also expected to attend, Boyd said.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a small meal and prayer by James Shaw Sr., followed by opening remarks at 6:30 p.m. from Boyd. The agenda includes recommendations and improvements suggested by various speakers, including tribal spokespersons. Gaikowski and Koebrick will also offer comments. The meeting is expected to adjourn at 10 p.m.



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