Sturgis is the largest community located in Meade County. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute ranked Meade County 32nd out of 60 counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2017. Residents of Meade County who admit they smoke is 17 percent, less than the state average of 20 percent, but higher than the national average of 14 percent.
The teen birth rate in Meade County is slightly lower than the state birth rate of 34 per 1,000 females ages 15-19 at 27 per 1,000 females. Both the state and county rates are much higher than the national rate of 17 per 1,000 females. For the full list of factors and 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.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Regional Health Community Health Needs Assessment: Conducted by Regional Health, these studies highlight the strength and weaknesses in regional health and access to healthcare in West River, South Dakota. Assessments are available for Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Hospitals & Clinics
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, called the Sturgis Regional Senior Care and a specialty clinic for visiting physicians, called Massa Berry Regional Medical Clinic. 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.
Fitness & Recreation
The Northern Black Hills features fun outdoors activities of all kinds! Including, but not limited to, hiking, rock climbing, biking, and camping. There's endless opportunities for playing outside.
The Sturgis Community Center, located at 1401 Lazelle Street in Sturgis, provides a diverse number of programs for the citizens of the greater Sturgis area in a healthy and safe environment. They have cardio and weight rooms open 24 hours a day. For more information, call 605-347-6513.
For a PDF of a map of Sturgis Parks, click here.
For more data on the health and wellness of the citizens of Lawrence County, please check out our interactive graphs and charts on the South Dakota Dashboard. Our county-level health indicators include: