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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.

Making the Call: Emergency vs. After-Hours Care

after hours care vs emergency room visit

Dr. Shari Eich, Pediatrician, provides tips on when it’s best to seek emergency care versus after-hours care for your child.

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After Hours & Emergency Care

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

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Recent Health Topics From Our Team


Visit the Avera Story Center where each week, Avera physicians, health experts and employees share insights on timely topics. Read, comment and share!