- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - A proposal to save the historic Veterans Affairs hospital in Hot Springs includes adding a medical college, and medical research and treatment using stem cells.

The three-pronged approach is being broached by the Veterans National Recovery Center of Des Moines, Iowa. Officials will submit the plan to Veterans Affairs as the federal agency determines the future of the century-old South Dakota facility.

The facility opened as the Battle Mountain Sanitarium in 1907 to treat Civil War veterans. The National Trust for Historic Preservation in June named it as one of America’s 11 most endangered historic places.

The VA wants to abandon the building as part of a restructuring of its services in the Black Hills. The agency is studying the various impacts of doing so. The comment period ends Saturday.

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