Rapid City Regional Health

Regional Hospital officials say they’re implementing new oversight policies to prevent medical waste from getting into the Rapid City landfill.

The statement comes after a Rapid City Journal report on medical waste violations by the hospital.

The department head of the Rapid City Public Works Department says crews have found bags of medical waste during random load inspections. Medical waste, they say, that could be infectious.

Dr. Jose Teixeira – a cardiologist with Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute discusses the Watchman device.  This is a new procedure in the Black Hills. The Watchman is an alternative for patients with AFib (not caused by heart valve problem) keeping patients off lifelong use of blood thinners. The implant reduces the risk of stroke and can eliminate regular blood tests as well as food/drink restrictions that come with taking blood thinners. 

A former employee of an assisted living center in Lead won't get her day in court. Shirley Harvey sued Regional Health for slander and other grievances after she was fired for harsh treatment of a resident at Golden Ridge.

Harvey says fellow employees made false allegations against her to retaliate after she made negative reports about them.

She claims that Regional Health supervisors committed slander when they repeated these false allegations to others.

A woman fired from an assisted living center in Lead wants a jury to hear her grievances. The South Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments in the case on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Shirley Harvey says she was fired in 2012 after fellow employees falsely reported her for slapping and isolating a resident. But her employer says she admitted to the conduct and was legally fired under state law. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.