USD, Sioux Valley negotiating health contract

USD, Sioux Valley negotiating health contract Upon careful review of its current and future needs in student health services, The University of South Dakota has begun negotiations with Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center for the provision of its future student health service needs.

The final contract will be awarded July 1, pending approval by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

USD recently entertained bids from several health care providers for the delivery of its student health service. A committee of faculty, staff and students reviewed proposals and ultimately recommended Sioux Valley.

"We had essentially two criteria in making this decision: service and cost," said USD Vice President for Finance and Administration Greg Redlin. "Selecting Sioux Valley will fulfill both criteria. A larger pool of medical and nursing services will be available, services will be available for more hours during the week, and the cost of the services will be reduced.

"Furthermore, partnering with Sioux Valley strengthens the community's medical service infrastructure," he said, "and that ultimately works to the university's and the students' benefit."

Administrators at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center are looking forward to providing the service.

"Together with USD, we can expand our University Medical Center and Community Health partnership, including Wellness, Sports Medicine and Health Science Education," said John Paulson, CEO of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center. "We appreciate being recommended by the Student Health Committee and are committed to providing high quality, convenient health care to USD Students."

"Our clinic staff is looking forward to having the Student Health Service program as part of our daily patient care," said Dr. Vicki Walker, a Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic physician.

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