Case Study: Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera

Ensuring Access to Care
Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera
Wagner, S.D.

Wagner is a frontier community of about 1,500 people located in Charles Mix County in south central South Dakota. It is adjacent to the Yankton Sioux Reservation and is 120 miles from the closest major tertiary hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. The median household income is $9,118 lower than the median income for South Dakota. The percent of children under 18 years of age living in poverty is substantially higher in Charles Mix County at 33.8 percent compared to 18.5 percent statewide. Total persons living in poverty in Charles Mix County is 2,187, which equates to 24.6 percent of the total population, which is 10.4 percent higher than South Dakota.

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