Indian Health Service to reopen emergency room in South Dakota
After a seven-month shutdown that has taken a heavy toll on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, an Indian Health Service emergency room will finally reopen.
The diversion at the Rosebud Hospital began in early December. Since then, five infants have been born in ambulances and nine people have died while being transported to facilities far from the reservation.
The situation should finally change when the hospital resumes round-the-clock emergency service on Friday. Lawmakers from South Dakota welcomed the development but said underlying issues at the IHS must be addressed.