About the Organization
Rapid City Regional Hospital is the region's leading medical center offering a broad scope of services to keep you and your family healthy. We provide health care services to the 360,000 people who live in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the surrounding region, as well as thousands of visitors each year. Rapid City Regional Hospital has operated exclusively for the the purpose of improving the health of those in western South Dakota. Hundreds of people each day seek our assistance in meeting their health care needs. In 2007, our Medical Staff treated more than 16,800 inpatients and performed more than 185,500 outpatient procedures. The Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) Family Medicine Residency Program is a 6-6-6 community-based Family Medicine program, which maintains an affiliation with the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. The program is located in Rapid City and there are no competing residency programs in the community. It was developed and implemented to assist the western South Dakota region by training physicians to provide broad-based, high quality, primary care in a rural setting.
About the Community
Living in the Black Hills is like being on a permanent mountain vacation. The area has the largest concentration of national and state parks, monuments, scenic drives and attractions such as the Mickelson Trail (pictured, courtesy of SD Dept. of Tourism) of anywhere in the country. You'll enjoy waterfalls, abundant wildlife, acclaimed recreational trails and spectacular trout fishing in many of our spring-fed mountain streams. Thousands of people visit world-famous Mount Rushmore and the area's many diverse attractions every year. Historic Deadwood has become a national destination for entertainment and gaming and is the area's alpine skiing and winter sports headquarters.
The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts every August. Mountain carving continues near Custer on the sculpture of the Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, expected to be the world's largest sculpture when completed. The natural charms of Spearfish attract shoppers, artists and sightseers as the gateway to the beautiful Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway.
Besides the scenery & national parks, you will find a surprising number of attractions that the whole family can enjoy together. Large herds of buffalo, wild mustangs and burros still roam Custer State Park. Reptile Gardens boasts the world's largest collection of reptiles. In Hot Springs, paleontologists continue to unearth prehistoric mammoths and dinosaurs. The Black Hills are dotted with awe-inspiring caves, Old West gold mines, and dozens of other family-oriented attractions. Some have likened it to having an amusement park in their back yard. There is something different to see and experience every season of the year.