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Partnership Brings Advanced Liver Care to Rapid City

Aug 13, 2019 10:59AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

For the first time, Black Hills patients will be able to receive treatment for complex liver disease from a team of liver transplant specialists and hepatologists from Nebraska Medicine. In a partnership between Rapid City Medical Center, LLC, Nebraska Medicine and Regional Health, Nebraska Medicine physicians will be seeing patients in Rapid City.

The Nebraska Medicine physicians specialize in the management of advanced liver disease and transplants. Individual treatment plans will be developed in conjunction with patients’ Rapid City doctors. Nebraska Medical physicians will see patients on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Rapid City Medical Center. 

Local referring physicians will manage diagnostic, evaluative follow-up appointments as well as surgeries for patients close to home. 

“We look forward to this sub-specialty care for our patients and for our gastroenterologists and surgeons to have this opportunity to collaborate for more advanced care,” said Jennifer Trucano, Rapid City Medical Center, CEO.

“We are very excited to partner with the Rapid City medical community to provide advanced care for patients suffering from a wide range of liver disorders. Our expert team has treated thousands of patients with a variety of therapies including advanced surgical procedures such as liver transplantation.  This collaboration will allow people access to therapies they would otherwise have to travel hundreds of miles to receive," says Alan Langnas, DO, chief of transplantation at Nebraska Medicine and professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). 

“Advanced liver disease management is a specialty that has not been available to patients in our region,” said Paulette Davidson, President and CEO of Regional Health. “This partnership is an example of how we can improve access to life-saving health care for our Black Hills patients without the burden of lengthy travel.”