Air ambulance provides service to Rosebud Sioux Reservation

Members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will benefit from air ambulance service provided by Rural Health Care Logistics Inc.

The ambulance will be stationed in Valentine, Nebraska, just seven minutes from the reservation. It allows patients to be transported quickly to regional medical centers.

"It's a lifesaving endeavor," Jody Waln, a tribal community health representative, told the Associated Press "You wait for a plane here when your family member's lying there, sometimes dying, and minutes and seconds count on saving a life."

The service won't cost the tribe. Rural Health Care Logistics Inc. will bill other providers, such as the Medicaid, Medicare or the Indian Health Service.

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