OHC News

Texting Service Helps Reduce Patient Wait Time

RAPID CITY –Reducing patients wait times, limiting no-show rates, and maximizing provider productivity is an important mission of the Oyate Health Center. A new patient texting service helps to accomplish all three of these goals. We all know that in today’s busy world it is difficult to keep track of…

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Advisory Committee Needs Two Additional Community Members

RAPID CITY – The Oyate Health Center needs two individuals to contribute to the organization’s development by participating in the Mni Luzahan Wicozani Advisory Committee. The advisory committee serves as a bridge between the community and the Oyate Health Center and consists of tribally elected leaders and community members. Two…

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Oyate Health Center Headed in the Right Direction

By Brandon Ecoffey Communications Director GPTLHB The Oyate Health Center in Rapid City continues to make improvements each day. Wait times for patients are down, while users of the tribally run clinic are rising. The facility just implemented a new texting system for its patients that will reduce…

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Health Board Anticipates Dismissal of Lawsuit

RAPID CITY – A lawsuit that has challenged the sovereign right of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to assume control of tribal healthcare in Rapid City is nearing a conclusion. In July of 2019, the Oyate Health Center opened its doors to patients. The grand…

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Oyate Health Center Aims to Vaccinate 1500 Patients

RAPID CITY – The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and the Oyate Health Center aim to have more than 1500 of its patients vaccinated by the end of February.   Over the next two weeks, the two tribal healthcare entities will reallocate staff, use its additional location at 725 N.

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65 & Over/High Risk Are Next for COVID Vaccine at OHC

RAPID CITY –The Oyate Health Center has moved to its next stage of vaccinations that includes those who are 65 & over, those who are high risk, and essential workers. Those who meet these criteria can sign up for an appointment or add their name to a list showing they…

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Get In Line For The Vaccine

RAPID CITY — The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and the Oyate Health Center are eagerly awaiting the arrival of more vaccines to distribute to the community. In the next several weeks, the Oyate Health Center hopes to expand its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to more community members.

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Health Board to Host Mass Testing in North Rapid City

RAPID CITY –The Oyate Health Center is set to host a community-wide COVID-19 testing event in its additional location at 725 North LaCrosse Street in Rapid City. Testing will be available from 8 AM-6 PM, December 28-31, 2020, for all who wish to be tested.  “While we have seen a decline in new…

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Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board, Oyate Health Center to Expand Locations

RAPID CITY – The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board has purchased the former City County Alcohol and Drug Program building at 725 N. Lacrosse St, from Pennington County.  The building will serve as a temporary location for some of its clinical services during the new Oyate Health Center facility…

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New FDA Guidelines Force Testing Changes At OHC

The Oyate Health Center recognizes that COVID-19 is more prevalent in the Black Hills and in the Country than at any time before during this global pandemic. Access to testing materials is in critical demand, and the FDA has issued new guidelines for testing. In response, the Oyate Health Center…

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Oyate Health Center To Host COVID-19 Testing at North Middle School

RAPID CITY – The Oyate Health Center, in partnership with North Middle School, will host a mass COVID-19 testing event for its students, their immediate families, and staff on Friday, September 4, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. To help track and limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Rapid…

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New Healthcare Facility Set to Break Ground

RAPID CITY – The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and the Oyate Health Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility at 2:00 pm, August 21, 2020, at 3200 Canyon Lake Dr, in Rapid City. “It is a tremendous honor to stand at the helm of this…

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Improved Pediatric Department Offers Sports Physicals, Immunizations, and Telehealth

RAPID CITY – In recent years, tribal-citizens in Rapid City encountered considerable difficulty accessing quality care for their children and grandchildren. To better meet the community’s needs, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board has worked to improve and expand the Oyate Health Center’s pediatric department.   According to the American…

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New Covid-19 Guidelines For Return To Work

RAPID CITY –On July 22, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommendations regarding REPEAT testing for COVID-19.  Previously they required a negative test in order to safely return to work.  The new standard of care no longer requires a repeat test and is based on the improvement…

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Oyate Health Center to Require Masks

For the safety of all, everyone entering the Oyate Health Center will be required to wear a face covering. If you do not have one, one will be provided.  We feel that this is a small sacrifice to make that will have a large benefit in keeping our community as…

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COVID-19 Testing This Weekend

RAPID CITY – The Oyate Health Center is planning a mass COVID-19 testing event this Saturday in Rapid City. In her weekly community update, Jerilyn Church, CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, announced that the Oyate Health Center would be offering testing for anyone eligible to receive…

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CEO Statement on Positive Covid-19 Cases in Rapid City

RAPID CITY — The Oyate Health Center in Rapid City has recently begun seeing an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases at its facility. Jerilyn Church, CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and the Oyate Health Center, issued a video message today to provide the community with further…

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Oyate Health Center Adapts to COVID-19 Pandemic – 4/13/20

RAPID CITY –The Oyate Health Center is continuing to make improvements to help protect the health of our staff and patients. It is important to us that we continue to provide the highest standards of care for our patients while reducing their possible exposure to covid-19. We are continuing to…

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Oyate Health Center Takes Further Steps to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

In addition to the creation of the Southwest Screening Clinic, we are continuing to implement recommendations from the CDC. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please contact the Oyate Health Center at (605) 355-2500 before visiting the campus.  Optometry Changes Due to our response to the Coronavirus pandemic and in…

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Oyate Health Center Introduces Integrative Care

RAPID CITY, SD – The Oyate Health Center is set to introduce a new model of care that will provide expanded comprehensive care services to its patients, greater access to behavioral health, and more walk-in clinic hours. The Oyate Health Center and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board are conducting…

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