RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Indian Health Service says it will permanently close the emergency and inpatient departments at the Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City.

The agency said Friday that it has submitted a report informing Congress about the closures. IHS says the emergency department will be shuttered in July 2018.

IHS says it began focusing on outpatient and urgent care services in 2016. Jim Driving Hawk, acting director of the Great Plains Area, says Sioux San Hospital has a strong commitment to urgent care. He says officials will continue to focus on improving patient care.

IHS says current plans include replacing the hospital with a 200,000 square-foot health center. The agency says it will continue to operate Sioux San Hospital until the replacement is finished.

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