For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625
Letter from Stephen R. DiStasio, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System
to Meade County Commission in Support of ‘Fort Meade Way’ Road Project
Sturgis, SD - On February 13, 2015, Stephen R. DiSatcio, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System, wrote to Meade County Commissioners, to express support for the proposed - Fort Meade Way road project. Fort Meade Way is a proposed road project which connects Highways 34, 79 and I-90 via Exit 37.
“Our health care center serves Veterans from throughout the Black Hills. When needed, our primary referral center for Veterans requiring a higher level of care is Rapid City Regional Hospital, requiring ambulances to travel from the Fort Meade VA Medical Center into Rapid City. VA BHHCS employs approximately 700 staff at its Fort Meade medical center, the majority of who live in Sturgis, Rapid City and areas to the east of the medical center. The majority of the Veterans served by our medical center also travel to the medical center from the east to receive their care.
VA BHHCS continues to support the construction of this road as an additional access route to alleviate the impact of limited or no accessibility through the S-curves on HWY 34 between Sturgis and Fort Meade. These impacts include weather obstructions, flooding, vehicle accidents and extraordinary traffic congestion during the Sturgis Rally,” wrote Stephen R. DiStaciao, Director.
The signed letter is available at: www.meadecounty.org