Rapid City Regional Health set to expand

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA-TV) - Rapid City Regional Heath is expanding to make a new orthopedic hospital and sports medicine complex.

The facility will cover a 10 acre spread which will cost about 55 million dollars.

They are building it right next to their competition, Black Hills Orthopedics but Bill May from Black Hills Surgical Hospital isn’t worried.

“We generally are very much in favor of competition and when you talk about competition, healthcare it should be all about the patient," said May. "That's what we've done for 20 years, is put the patient first, and that's what we'll continue to do regardless of competition in the marketplace."

Regional's new facility breaks ground in May and they are hoping to complete the project by the summer of 2018.

Currently they do have an orthopedic unit inside the hospital but see benefits of moving to a new location.

“It's that one stop shopping for our patients with all of their orthopedic musculoskeletal and sports medicine needs in one spot instead of having to go to multiple locations around Rapid City,” said Tiffany Smith, Senior Director of Community Relations of Regional Health.

Regional's new facility will be located on the corner of Catron Boulevard and Highway 16 at Buffalo Crossing.

Smith says Regional Health will stand out from the competition because “what differentiates what we have at the advanced orthopedic and sports medicine institute is really that sports medicine piece which will give high school and college athletes the opportunity to enhance their skills in athletic and overall physical performance.”

May says his place can compete, “When you have a specialized focus you do it more effectively in our view we also have one nurse to three patients we have a special hospitalist that are specially trained in treating the patients all their medical needs at the hospital and we have a culture emphasizes service to the patient and their family.”