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Health clinic in Aberdeen closing after 36 years

ABERDEEN (AP) — An Aberdeen health clinic that has served America Indians and people with low incomes for 36 years is closing at the end of the month.

Officials with Urban Indian Health aren't commenting on the reasons for the clinic closure or on what will happen to the four employees — a physician's assistant, a nurse/clinic manager and two certified medical assistants, the American News reported ( ).

"We are working very hard to transition our patients to other care in the community," said Urban Indian Health Executive Director Donna Keeler.

Urban Indian Health is a nonprofit corporation funded through a contract with the federal Indian Health Service. It also operates clinics in Sioux Falls and Pierre.

Marty LaRoche, 55, of Aberdeen, said he has diabetes and depends on the clinic for monthly checkups and supplies.

"It breaks my relationship with the health clinic and now I will have to go someplace else that will probably cost more," he said.