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Avera Health Named Among Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems

Avera Health has been named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson HealthTM . The study uses publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data to reach its conclusions. This year, Avera Health was among 337 health systems evaluated, and 2,961 member hospitals. This is the first time Avera Health has been recognized with this…

Take These Safety Precautions in Flood-Stricken Areas

Avera Health is among the organizations offering assistance in many communities struggling to recover

While it may not appear an emergency to many throughout the Sioux empire because they just haven’t been affected, there are thousands impacted by the ongoing spring flooding. Avera’s Director of Community Partnerships, Micki Lundin, joined Carleen Wild on KDLT News Today Tuesday to talk about the safety precautions people throughout the Midwest might take as they approach flood recovery…

Avera Health Acquiring More Health Facilities in Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota-based Avera Health is acquiring more health facilities in the Minnesota community of Marshall. Carris Health Marshall has signed a letter of intent to integrate with Avera’s Marshall-based operations. Avera Marshall will take over operations of Carris’ clinic and surgery center. About 150 workers will become Avera employees. The Sioux Falls-based health care provider says…

Santa Surprises Hospitalized Children

Santa Surprises Hospitalized Children

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — “It’s not what you expect you’re going to do over Christmas that’s for sure,” says Teague Camarigg. Camarigg’s 6th month old daughter, Riley is hospitalized with a virus, but Santa didn’t forget about them. Mr. Claus was able to spread Christmas cheer to patients at Avera, Sanford and LifeScape. For decades Santa along with Sioux Falls…

Avera Health President, CEO Announces Plans To Retire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Long-time Avera Health President and CEO, John Porter, announced his plans to retire on Friday. Porter will hold his current role until December 2018, or until Avera selects his successor. Porter has been with Avera for 44 years, seeing the health system go through a huge growth over the past four decades. “It’s been a unique…

Sioux Falls Breaks Building Permit Record For Fifth Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – City of Sioux Falls officials announced today that the city has broken the record for construction values for the fifth year in a row. Construction valuation for building permits issued by Building Services reached $720,369,333 by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13. Last year’s record was $701.9 million. City officials say that Avera Health’s new campus at 69th…

Water Main Break Shuts Down Avera Prairie Center

Officials advise calling ahead before traveling to Avera Cancer Institute and Avera Surgery Center

City crews are working to fix a water main break at Avera Health’s Prairie Center, which includes the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls and the Avera Surgery Center. The facilities will be closed Tuesday, November 28 while repairs are made. According to officials at Avera, this includes all clinics and events scheduled at the Prairie Center on Tuesday. Before…

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Avera Health Systems takes additional measures to prevent and address addiction

The opioid epidemic has been relatively little talked about in South Dakota, until recently. Health care providers are seeing an uptick in the number of addicts presenting for care, and communities are feeling the impact. Avera has an upcoming continuing education conference in October on the epidemic, the details of which are outlined in the interview above.  Dr. Tad Jacobs…

Avera Health Breaks Ground On New Sioux Falls Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this year, Avera Health announced plans to build a 262,000 square foot campus at the intersection of 69th Street and Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls. Today, they celebrate the groundbreaking with construction on the $174M project beginning this fall. The campus is expected to be complete in 2020. The first phase includes a surgical hospital…

Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day

Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For many of us, hearing the word cancer is scary, unless it’s followed by the word survivor. Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer; and today is their day. It’s National Cancer Survivors Day. You don’t have to look far in the Sioux Empire to find someone affected by cancer….

FDA Approves Avera Clinical Trial Aiming To Treat Peripheral Vascular Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new treatment could become available for people suffering from peripheral vascular disease that affects around eight million Americans. The treatment was recently approved by the FDA for a clinical trial. Vascular scaffolding therapy is a drug-device combination that will work to open peripheral vascular arteries by stretching the artery wall, allowing for adequate blood flow….

Avera McKennan’s CEO Looks Back Before Moving On

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 16th president and CEO in the 100-year history of Avera McKennan is stepping down. Dr. Dave Kapaska announced his retirement Tuesday. During his 7 years in the top position, Kapaska has led some major develops, including the placement of clinics at Dawley Farms and West Benson Road. But it’s Avera’s latest project that is driving…

Avera Announces Retirement Of CEO Dr. Kapaska

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Avera Health announces the upcoming retirement of Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, on June 30, 2017. David Flicek, Chief Administrative Officer of Avera Medical Group has been named President and CEO of Avera McKennan. Flicek will assume leadership duties beginning July 1 and also maintain his…

Safety A Focus With Lawn Care Season Approaching

Avera Health Says Serious Lawn Care Accidents "Aren't Rare"

One person was sent to a Sioux Falls hospital Friday morning after losing several toes in a lawn mower accident. Dr. Katie Dejong with Avera Health said these kinds of accidents aren’t rare. She said this time of year, when the weather it warming up, is when they see more people in the emergency room. “I can definitely recall very…