A new center opens designed to help those who may be in need of a life saving transplant.
The Sanford Transplant Center of Rapid City hosted its grand opening Tuesday.
The new office inside the Rushmore Medical Building will be tasked with evaluating potential transplant patients.
The center will perform all of the prep work for adults and children with chronic kidney failure before they head off to Sioux Falls for the actual procedure.
The onsite coordinator will assist the patients and their families both before and after surgery
Sanford transplant surgeon Thav Thambi says that having a transplant center here in rapid city will save patients not only precious time but also thousands of dollars, "It's local for the patients so they don't have to travel a long distance to be seen and evaluated by the team of physicians and coordinators, so it's very convenient.
The Sioux Falls based Sanford Health, has various medical facilities throughout five states.
This is the third transplant clinic of its kind in the Dakotas.