Greetings from the ABERDEEN AREA of the Indian Health Service
The Aberdeen Area Office in Aberdeen, South Dakota, works in conjunction with its 13 Service Units to provide health care to approximately 94,000 Indians on reservations located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. The Area Office's service units include nine hospitals, eight health centers, two school health stations, and several smaller health stations and satellite clinics.
Each facility incorporates a comprehensive health care delivery system. The hospitals, health centers, and satellite clinics provide inpatient and outpatient care and conduct preventive and curative clinics. The Aberdeen Area also operates an active research effort through its Area Epidemiology Program. Research projects deal with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and the application of health risk appraisals in all communities.
Tribal involvement is a major objective of the program, and several tribes have assumed management for their own health care programs through contractual arrangements with the Indian Health Service.
Construction of new health care facilities is ongoing in the Aberdeen IHS service area. The new construction and renovation is expected to increase the IHS employee level from 1,200 to approximately 1,800 by 1994.