Regional Medical Clinic to Open on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Oct 22, 2008

PINE RIDGE, SD — A new clinic focusing on preventative care will open on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this fall. An informative event to introduce the public to the services the clinic will offer will take place at the clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Pine Ridge Regional Medical Clinic will officially open, within the Pine Ridge Indian Health Services Hospital on East Highway 18, on Nov. 4. The new clinic is possible through a Department of Social Services grant to aimed at reducing emergency department visits through preventative care and management of medical conditions. “We are very excited and privileged to have this opportunity to partner with the Pine Ridge community. By working together and targeting critical chronic health conditions prevalent within the community, we hope to improve the access to care, and empower patients through education to better manage their conditions, thus improving their quality of life,” said Jorge Reyno, M.D., Regional Health Physicians Chief Medical Officer. Some of the conditions that will be treated and managed at the clinic will include diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the management of Warfarin (blood thinning medication.) The clinic will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During those times, patients can stop in without an appointment if they have any health care questions or concerns. “I am excited about the potential advantage this access will provide for residents through intervention, management, monitoring and education,” said James Keegan, M.D., CEO of Regional Health Physicians. “The goal is to work with the existing health care providers in partnership to supplement additional opportunities for optimal health.” Dr. Keegan and Dr. Reyno are scheduled to attend the Oct. 29 event. Also scheduled to attend are Bill Pourier, CEO of the Pine Ridge Indian Health Services Hospital, and his staff; John Pierce, Regional Health Physicians Executive Director; and Charles Hart, M.D., President and CEO of Regional Health. ###