Whitewood Public Health
Lawrence County, where Whitewood is located, ranks 39th out of 60 South Dakota counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2017. This data is compiled as part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.
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 Spearfish Regional Hospital and Spearfish Regional Surgery Center.
Hospitals & Clinics
Whitewood is located 10 miles northwest of Sturgis, which is served by the Sturgis Regional Hospital. 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. For more information 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.
Sturgis 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.
Whitewood is also located 21 miles southeast of Spearfish, which also has a hospital and several clinics.
The Queen City Regional Medical Clinic, located at 1420 North 10th Street in Spearfish, specializes in family medicine, internal medicine, podiatry, and urgent care, but offers many other services as well.
The Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic, located 1445 North Avenue, specializes in audiology, ear, nose and throat, general surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, and radiology, but offers many other services as well. The Spearfish Regional Surgery Center offers state of the art surgical methods, techniques, and equipment.
The Spearfish Regional Hospital, located at 1440 North Main Street, is a 40-bed hospital that offers extensive patient services centralized at one location which includes both the hospital and Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic. Patient care includes 24-hour emergency service, inpatient and outpatient care, labor and delivery, home health and hospice.
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: