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Rapid City has been named the No. 1 city in America for hunters and anglers. Read about more recreational opportunities below.
Rapid City has been named the No. 1 city in America for hunters and anglers. Read about more recreational opportunities below.
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Rapid City - Health & Wellness

Hospitals & Clinics

Regional Health: Regional Health operates several clinics and hospitals in Pennington County. Rapid City Regional Hospital is the Black Hills region’s leading medical center, providing healthcare to the entire region and offering a wide variety of health services, including emergency care, surgery, obstetrics, rehabilitation, pain management, heart and vascular care, laboratory services, and cancer care.

Rapid City Medical Center: Rapid City Medical Center is a medical practice located in Rapid City that employs over 70 physicians and caregivers whose specialties include Dermatology, ENT, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Podiatry, General Surgery, Urgent Care and Urology. Rapid City Medical Center is comprised of six locations, including an urgent care clinic.

Black Hills Urgent Care: With two Rapid City locations, Black Hills Urgent care offers services to care for any non-emergency medical needs. Black Hills Urgent Care provides fast, affordable and convenient solution to a wide variety of health issues. No appointments are necessary, and BHUC promises no long waits or no unexpected cost. Onsite lab work and digital x-ray technology also allow BHUC to diagnose issues faster.

Sioux San IHS Hospital: Operated by Indian Health Services, Sioux San Indian Hospital is located on Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City. The Rapid City Service Unit (RCSU) hospital provides health care to Indian people in Rapid City and the surrounding area. The nine bed hospital has a staff of 22 physicians and 5 mid-level practitioners who provide inpatient and outpatient adult, pediatric and prenatal care.

Community Health Center of the Black Hills: The Community Health Center of the Black Hills recently opened a new consolidated health center, located on Pine Street in Rapid City. Now CHCBH provides “high quality medical, dental, and mental healthcare to all people, young or old, insured or uninsured, and regardless of one’s financial status.” The new Consolidated Center provides pediatric, dental, and family practice medicine all in one place.

Rapid City Community Based Outpatient Clinic: Located at 3625 5th Street, the Rapid City CBOC provides primary care to Rapid City area veterans. Operated by the VA Black Hills Health Care System, this clinic offers highly qualified physicians and referrals to the Fort Meade and Hot Springs VA campuses.

Fitness and Recreation

The YMCA of Rapid City offers a wide variety of recreational and health programs, including childcare, adult and youth sports, and health and fitness opportunities. Visit their website to learn more. Box Elder Fitness offers adult fitness and health classes in Box Elder. Find a complete listing of gyms and fitness opportunities in Rapid City here.

In western South Dakota many recreational activities – from camping to mountain biking to rock climbing – take place in the Black Hills National Forest, which encompasses an area of more than 8,000 square miles. The forest includes 1,300 miles of streams and 353 miles of trails, in addition to 30 campgrounds, 11 reservoirs, and 13,000 acres of wilderness land that is closed to wheeled vehicles.  The  Black Hills National Forest website has an interactive map that allows users to explore the recreation options available in the Black Hills.

In 2010, Rapid City was named the #1 Best Town in America for hunters and fishermen by Outdoor Life magazine, largely because of its proximity to the national forest; although falling a little, it was still well-regarded at #3 for 2011.  The community was also named one of “50 Next Great Adventure Towns” by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

In Rapid City, anglers fish in Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake, which they share with paddle boats and canoes in summer. The city is defined by a 13-mile long bike path that winds through town along Rapid Creek. The greenway is a legacy of the 1972 flood that killed 238 people and destroyed homes along the creek. Community leaders have prevented development in the floodplain ever since, in memory of the lives and property lost to the flood.

Rapid City is home to 30 parks in addition to a recreation center and indoor ice rink, water parks, softball and baseball complexes, soccer complexes, golf courses, a disc golf course, a skateboard park, a “dirt jump” park, sand volleyball courts, tennis and racquetball courts, an outdoor track and two community gyms connected to local middle schools. The City of Rapid City provides more information about their facilities online.

Community sports leagues are available for athletes of all ages, from preschoolers to senior citizens. Fans also cheer for teams from local middle schools, high schools, and universities, as well as two American Legion baseball teams: Post 22 and Post 320.

In the past 10 years Rapid City has ushered in a new sports era by building two city-owned hockey rinks and welcoming the Rapid City Rush. This East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) team, starting with the 2008-2009 season, has consistently drawn large crowds and introduced more Black Hills residents to the sport. Prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rush played in the Central Hockey League (CHL), winning the league cup in its second season in 2009-10.

Main Street Square, a downtown Rapid City attraction featuring water fountains in summer and an outdoor ice-skating rink in winter, opened in October 2011.

Best Cities for Aging

In 2012, the Milken Institute released their first index of the Best Cities for Successful Aging. Although warm southern states like Florida have usually been considered prime retirement spots, it was the Midwest that scored highest; Sioux Falls placed number one on small metros, and Rapid City was number 10 out of 259 small cities.

Rapid City was praised for its good economy, high employment rates for seniors, and inexpensive inpatient hospitalization rates. A shortage of good nursing homes kept the city from scoring higher, and the index suggested the city would benefit from more golf courses, parks, and trails.

More Information

Rapid City/Pennington County Alcohol & Drug Programs

City/County Alcohol & Drug Programs offer a total of 32 residential detox beds for adult males and females and provide 24-hour medical supervision, observation, and support for clients who are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal. Services are provided by trained nursing staff and emergency medical technicians under the oversight of our medical physician director. Detox partners CCADP, Rapid City Regional Hospital, and Sioux San Indian Health Services to find cost-effective ways to provide adequate care to clients.

For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of South Dakota and the Black Hills, please check out the South Dakota Dashboard’s collection of interactive graphs and charts.

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