- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs has named a new director for its health care system in western South Dakota.

The VA says Sandra Horsman is expected to start leading the VA Black Hills Health Care System next month. Horsman will replace Jo-Ann Ginsberg, who became acting director in March.

The VA says Horsman has served more than 30 years in leadership positions with both the VA and the Air Force. She mostly recently served as chief human resources officer for the VA Midwest Health Care Network in Minnesota.

Horsman is taking the reins at a tumultuous time for the Black Hills system. Many of the region’s veterans are pushing back against a VA proposal to restructure its system, which would include shuttering its Hot Springs campus.

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