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Regional Health names Longacre President of Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute

Dec 18, 2017 12:33PM ● By MED Editor

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Regional Health has named veteran health care professional Mark Longacre as President of the new Regional Health Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

The institute, currently under construction in the Buffalo Crossing development at U.S. Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard, is expected to open in the fall of 2018. It will be a modern, one-stop shop for integrated medical services, including orthopedics, sports medicine, performance enhancement, physical medicine and rehabilitation, podiatry, spine and pain management.

Longacre is ideally suited to head up the new venture. He most recently served as the Executive Director of Orthopaedic and Neurosciences at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Neb. Nebraska Medicine is a 621-bed acute-care facility and teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska. He also spent 12 years with Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital (NOH) in Omaha as Chief Operating Officer.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to be part of this new initiative and watch it grow literally from the ground up,” Longacre said. “The people of the Black Hills and western South Dakota place a lot of value on maintaining an active lifestyle, regardless of age. That’s why this type of innovative approach to comprehensive treatment is a good fit for the region.”

With more than 25 years in the health care field following his career in education, Longacre has progressed from a physical therapist to senior health care leader. His experience extends to neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, psychology, physiatry, physical/occupational/speech therapy and sports medicine.

“Mark’s proven track record in the areas of acute care delivery, clinic and ambulatory operations in a variety of service lines has prepared him to lead the strategy and operations for Regional Health Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute,” said Paulette Davidson, Regional Health Chief Operating Officer and President of Rapid City Hospital and Market.