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Rapid City physician creates scholarship for future doctors, nurses

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 24, 2019) – Mark Harlow, M.D., remembers the mentors, teachers and inspirational professionals who helped him during his medical training and his career as a physician. That’s why the longtime Rapid City doctor has established the medical school student and nursing student scholarship fund.

Mark Harlow, M.D. (right) and his wife were photographed at the 2019 Monument Health Foundation Gala after he received the Foundation Award of Distinction.


Dr. Harlow has been an orthopedic surgeon for more than 20 years in Rapid City. He is also a faculty member at Sanford School of Medicine and his alma mater, the Medical College of Wisconsin. He enjoys working with students.

“I love their enthusiasm, their idealism and their altruism, and it reminds me of why I raised my hand and took the oath, “ he said. “If I can help them get a start, then I will have met my obligation to the people who helped me get a start.”

The scholarship will be stewarded by the Monument Health Foundation, and information on the application process will be available in the future. Dr. Harlow encourages his colleagues to help future generations of medical professionals by offering their time, their expertise and scholarship funds.

Dr. Harlow was recently named Chief Medical Officer for the new Oyate Health Center in Rapid City. The center, located at the Sioux San Hospital Campus in Rapid City, is operated by Great Plains on behalf of the Oglala and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes.

He is also involved in a number of community and professional organizations. He serves as president of the board of directors for the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, medical director for the Special Olympics of South Dakota, and on the board of directors for the South Dakota State Medical Association.

In recognition of his philanthropy, Dr. Harlow received the Monument Health Foundation Award of Distinction in August.

About Monument Health

Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. In January 2020, Monument Health will be renamed Monument Health, and it will become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The system offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is comprised of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers.



Stephany Chalberg
Public Relations Manager
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Monument Health

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