Over $2.4 million raised

Avera is dedicated to keeping quality care, close to home. With a special commitment to provide health care in rural settings, Avera committed $9 million to build a new health care center in Gettysburg, S.D.

The community has rallied around this project and raised more than $2.4 million toward the $3 million needed in pledges and cash gifts to make the project a reality and begin construction later this year.

The new facility, named the Avera Missouri River Health Care Center, will house essential medical care services including emergency services, inpatient care, routine checkups and more.  

“In Gettysburg, we’re fortunate to be able to care for our family, neighbors and friends while remaining connected to the largest health care system in the region,” said Mikel Holland, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, a sister site of Avera Gettysburg Hospital. 

“At Avera, we take care of our patients as best we can wherever they walk through our doors. If we can care for them close to home, we do. If we need to get them to a higher level of care, we’ll help coordinate that care and get them where they need to be,” Dr. Holland said.  

Avera is a leading health care innovator in the Midwest because it invests in highly trained and experienced providers. The new health center will also be part of the same large, award-winning health system. 

• Avera Health was recently named one of the Top 15 health systems in the country by IBM Watson Health

• Avera Health ranked first out of the top 20 health organizations that earned customer approved awards for long-term care

• Avera eCARE, a service of Avera Health, is a world-renowned telemedicine system connecting patients to specialty care 

Providing access to excellent health care, close to home will be a benefit to Gettysburg and many neighboring communities. The health center is not possible without local contributions.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work done by the community and the steering committee. The steering committee members are excellent volunteers, dedicating their own time, talent and treasure to this project,” said Kellie Yackley, Director of Avera Gettysburg Foundation.

“We’re still working to reach this goal,” Yackley said. “Let’s make this project a reality.”

Your investment today ensures keeping high quality, essential health services available in rural settings.

If you would like to make a commitment to the Avera Missouri River Health Care Center project, contact the Avera Gettysburg Foundation at 605-280-9593. 

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