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Avera, A Health Ministry

Avera, the health ministry of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to maintain excellent care at 300 locations in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states.

Learn more about Avera Health including our sponsors, partners and member services.

Our Mission

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.


The Importance of Choosing a Family Doctor

Dr. Tad Jacobs

By Tad Jacobs, DO, Chief Medical Officer, Avera Medical Group

"I’m healthy, why would I need a family doctor?” you may ask yourself. As family doctors, our focus in health care has always been to help you live a healthy lifestyle. More and more, however, we are trying to partner with you for your long-term health and wellness.

Partnering with a family doctor can help you and your family live healthier and age in good health. Proper health maintenance is important now more than ever. Early detection of problems can be not only preventive but also lifesaving. Read More

Patient Portal - Now Available!

AveraChart, our new patient portal, is your free, secure, easy way to access your health care information online. Login or register >>

Emergency vs. After-Hours Care

after hours care vs emergency room visitDr. Shari Eich provides tips on when it’s best to seek emergency care versus after-hours care.

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Find an urgent care clinic for non-emergencies or an Avera emergency department. Call 911 if you have chest pain.