Community Engagement

Our communities continually inspire us to care for others outside the walls of our healing environments. At Regional Health, we demonstrate our purpose of helping patients and communities live well through our community stewardship efforts. Our resources, energy, and focus are dedicated to all the communities we serve throughout the Black Hills, and we consistently strive to collaborate and create partnerships that will enable us to improve health and well-being. 

Regional Health’s caregivers and physicians are truly community stewardship champions who continue to recognize additional ways to help patients and communities beyond medicine. In 2015, Rapid City Regional Hospital’s Plant Operations Senior Groundskeeper Rich Karsky contacted the Suzie Cappa Art Center, asking their artists to paint a mural to be installed outside the chemotherapy unit windows at the Cancer Care Institute. Through an inspired idea by an empowered caregiver, coupled with a strong community partnership, a four-panel mural that includes the word “hope” enhances the healing environment and encourages our patients. 

Regional Health is playing a significant role in the Rapid City Collective Impact (RCCI), a community-supported initiative launched in July 2015 with a long-term agenda to solve social problems that will improve life and living in Rapid City. Our commitment to doing the right thing was embodied when Regional Health joined its community in a public stand against bigotry and racism. A demonstration planned on our Rapid City campus transformed into a unity rally when Native American and Regional Health leaders recognized the power of solidarity. The sentinel event sparked an important community conversation that became the genesis of RCCI. Regional Health’s involvement in the fiber of the community is vital to our purpose of helping patients and communities live well. 

Programs and Partnerships

Regional Health's board and leadership recognizes the community's need for positive influence and overall personal contribution. As a result, Regional Health has been directly involved with Rural America Initiatives and Rapid City Collective Impact.

Sandra Ogunremi, Regional Health's Director of Native American Collaboration recently participated in a discussion with Dr. Rick Holm, The Prairie Doc and Donald Warne, MD about health care in South Dakota. That video can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qad2yfPdR0

Sponsorship Request/Contributions

As a not-for-profit organization, Regional Health provides financial and in-kind donations to charitable organizations to further our purpose of helping patients and communities live well.  All organizations seeking donations must complete our sponsorship request form. Due to the volume of requests, information will only be accepted on the sponsorship request form and cannot be taken over the telephone or in person.

At Regional Health, we are committed to cultivating partnerships throughout the communities we serve and place priority on requests related to improving the health and well-being of residents in our Black Hills region and beyond. Regional Health does not provide sponsorships to individuals or for-profit organizations.