Meade - Health & Wellness
Much of Meade County is served by Sturgis Regional Hospital in Sturgis. The hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that also has 84 beds for senior care and a specialty clinic for visiting physicians. The hospital has 24-hour emergency care. To contact the facility, call (605) 720-2400.
The Sturgis Regional Hospital is part of the Regional Health System. The system’s main hospital is located approximately 30 miles from Sturgis in Rapid City.
Meade County is also home to the VA Black Hills Healthcare System at Fort Meade in Sturgis.
The VA at Fort Meade provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care as well as “residential rehabilitation treatment program (RRTP) services, extended nursing home care and tertiary psychiatric inpatient care services, for veterans residing in South Dakota and portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
To reach the facility, call (605) 347-2511 or (800) 743-1070.
In a 2013 wellness report, the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute ranked Meade County 34th of 57 South Dakota counties studied.
The primary care physician to patient ratio was 1,696:1, far below the national benchmark of 1,067:1.
Nineteen percent of adults reported themselves as smokers. Residents reported similar rates of poor physical and mental health days when compared to the state average.
Rates of adult obesity and excessive drinking were well below the statewide average.
The teen birth rate was just below the statewide rate.
Like the state as a whole, 14 percent of the adults in Meade County did not have health insurance. To compare Meade County data to other counties, visit the site created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.
County-level health statistics are also available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and allow you to compare Meade County to similar counties in the United States and to the national median.