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Dr. Garry Strauser Shares Why Living and Working in Hot Springs was the Right Choice

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization is excited to celebrate Fall River Health Services in Hot Springs, South Dakota, as they are this month’s Hometown Healthcare Hero recipient.

To help member facilities with workforce needs, SDAHO launched the Hometown Healthcare Heroes campaign. This storytelling campaign is designed to recognize career opportunities at member facilities and celebrate the people that work there and the communities they live.

Dr. Garry Strauser moved to Hot Springs in 1987, where he has worked for the VA Black Hills Health Care System, until his retirement. Dr. Strauser, also serves on the Fall River Health Services (FRHS) Board of Trustees. “It’s blessing for me to have worked here all these years in a volunteer capacity. I think most of the people that are here, feel they are blessed to be here, and the people here are so welcoming.” Dr. Garry Strauser, Fall River Health Services Board of Trustee, Secretary

Fall River Health Services in an independent healthcare system offering patients a variety of resources:

  • 25 bed Critical Access Hospital
  • 24-hour emergency room
  • Seven Sisters Living Center Nursing Home
  • Fall River Rural Health Clinic
  • Endoscopy
  • Surgery

Those who live in the area say life in Hot Springs is never boring. The town is located not far from the Black Hills National Forest, offering an abundant amount of outdoor recreational opportunities. The town is most known for Evans Plunge, a naturally warm spring-fed in-door swimming pool a favorite for folks of all ages. The Mammoth site also attracts visitors from across the world, as this unique facility is a world-class center specializing in mammoth and Quaternary research. Not far from Hot Springs is Angostura Recreation Area, which offers crystal clear waters, 36 miles of shoreline, and some of the finest sandy beaches in the state, the area boasts many water sports and summer fun activities – camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. “Having lived here for 35 years I still did not know until just recently that Hot Springs has the warmest year-round average temperature in the state of South Dakota. Although it’s warm and it’s wonderful, it’s not as hot as Phoenix.” Dr. Garry Strauser, Fall River Health Services Board of Trustee, Secretary

Career Opportunities with Fall River Health Services:

Registered Nursing Opportunities (RN’s/LPN’s)

  • Medical / Surgical
  • Emergency Services
  • Family Healthcare Clinic
  • Long Term Care

Ancillary Career Opportunities:

  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging Services
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech – Therapy
  • Laboratory
  • Respiratory
  • Case Management
  • Support Staff

Looking for incentives or opportunities for professional development or growth, FRHS may be able to help! Options may include sign-on bonus, student loan forgiveness program, education opportunities, scholarships for education opportunities, and more.

To learn more about Fall River Health Services and career opportunities, visit them today: frhssd.org/careers

Watch our video featuring Dr. Garry Strauser

To learn more about SDAHO’s Hometown Healthcare Heroes Campaign, visit sdaho.org/hometown-healthcare-heroes

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