Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

The Veterans Affairs facility in Hot Springs is one of two facilities in the Va's Black Hills system.
The Veterans Affairs facility in Hot Springs is one of two facilities in the Va's Black Hills system.
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Apr 9, 2011

Fall River County - Health & Wellness

Fall River County ranks 49th out of the 60 registered counties in South Dakota for overall health outcomes in 2017.

In 2017, 15 percent of Fall River County adult population smoke, compared to 20 percent statewide and 14 percent nationwide. The amount of adults who drink excessively is 16 percent, lower than the state percentage of 18 percent, but higher than the national percentage of 12 percent. Obesity in Fall River County is at 32 percent, slightly higher than the state and national averages of 30 percent and 26 percent respectively. The teen birth rate in Fall River County is 39 per 1,000 females ages 15-19 and is significantly higher than the statewide rate of 34, and the national rate of 17 births per 1,000 females. 23 percent of children in Fall River County live in poverty, higher than the state average of 18 percent and the national percentage of 12 percent. The rate of STDs in Fall River County is much lower than the state average of 493 per 100,000 people, with a reported 234 per 100,000 people infected with an STD. Premature death in Fall River County is 8,900 per 100,000 people, which is above the state average of 6,900 per 100,000 people and the national rate of 5,200 per 100,000 people. In Fall River County, 11 percent of residents report poor health, compared to 13 percent state wide and 12 percent nationwide. The amount of poor physical and mental health days was similar to the state and national averages. The amount of people uninsured in Fall River County is 13 percent, only slightly higher than the state average of 12 percent.

For the full list of factors and to compare Fall River County data to other counties, visit this site created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin

Hospitals & Clinics

Fall River Health Services, based in Hot Springs, offers a wide range of health services at its different facilities. FRHS operates the Fall River Hospital, Fall River Rural Health Clinic, and Seven Sisters Living Center in Hot Springs. FRHS is a non-profit corporation that provides quality medical and elder care to individuals and families in Fall River County and the surrounding area.

Regional Health operates a clinic in Hot Springs through the Custer Regional Hospital branch. Family and internal medical services are available.

VA Black Hills Healthcare System: Located in Hot Springs is one hospital campus of the VA Black Hills Health Care System. This hospital provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, as well as residential rehabilitation treatment program services for veterans living is South Dakota and parts of Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana. Established in 1889 as the State Soldiers Home, the hospital has also been known as the Battle Mountain Sanitarium.

Fitness & Recreation

Like the rest of the Black Hills, Fall River County is full of indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Outside of Hot Springs, visitors and residents can find Angostura Reservoir, where visitors can take part in a multitude of outdoor activities, including camping, boating, and fishing. The 109 mile George S. Mickelson Trail begins in Edgemont and is frequented by runners, cyclists, and winter sports enthusiasts. Wind Cave National Park, located near Hot Springs, also offers residents and visitors opportunities to explore one of the Black Hills’ beautiful caves, which has been protected as a national park since 1903. Hot Springs also hosts the annual Dakota Challenge, an archery biathlon which tests competitors on a two mile course. Climb Hot Springs is a new annual event that challenges competitors to a stair-climbing contest. Visit the Mammoth Site to learn about prehistoric animals that roamed the area and get up close and personal with a real archaeological dig site. Visitors can also take a swim in the warm waters Hot Springs was named for at Evans Plunge, originally built by Fred Evans in 1890 and now owned by the City of Hot Springs.

More Information

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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