VA Hospital That Once Treated Civil War Veterans Could Close

Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs have proposed shuttering the campus and relocating some of its services 60 miles north to Rapid City, leaving only an outpatient clinic in Hot Springs, which the state calls "The Veterans Town."
Jo-Ann Ginsburg, the acting director for the VA in the Black Hills said, "We have not seen any evidence that proves serene environment versus a more city-like environment changes the outcome of the patients."



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