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Experience Avera

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 more than 300 locations in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states.

Our Name

Avera means "to be well."

The most prominent element of the Avera logo is a cross, symbolizing the Christian heritage and mission of Avera's partners. The design elements below the cross can be interpreted as hands, open and lifted up as in prayer, or doves, a Christian symbol of peace and hope. Both the design and its color, a deep green, are intended to convey hope and renewal, qualities significant in Christian belief and also particularly relevant in our predominantly rural area of the country.

What is Avera?

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

Annual Report

View the 2015 Annual Report.

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.

Sharing the Avera Ministry of Health

The Avera Health Foundation exists to help people share in the Avera ministry of health and healing.

Revolutionizing Rural Health Care Delivery

Avera eCARE™ is a visionary model that provides you with 24-hour access to specialty care, no matter where you live and supports the rural health care workforce.

Personal Choices: Advance Care Planning

It is difficult for people to make decisions when under pressure or emotional strain, particularly in areas where there are no clear-cut answers, such as the use of life-sustaining treatments and determining choices of health care. Read more about advance care planning.

Understand Your Hospital Bill

We understand that hospital bills and health insurance claims can be confusing. We want to help you understand how we bill patients, and receive information on financial assistance if you are unable to pay.

  • We Magazine

    We magazine offers Avera employees and their families a chance to reflect on the great things going on across Avera, to learn relevant news and information about Avera, and to encourage employees in carrying out Avera’s mission. Read the Innovation issue.

  • 2014-2015 Quality Report

    View the Report

  • Financial Assistance & Charity Care

    Avera has a financial assistance policy if you meet certain requirements and are unable to pay your bill. Learn more.

  • Community Partnership Requests

    It is Avera's intention to be good stewards of our resources to make a difference in the lives of others. As a result, we have implemented an annual request process for those seeking sponsorships. Learn more.

  • Avera Tradition of Caring

    We have partnered with KELOLAND Television on a public service project, “The Avera Tradition of Caring in KELOLAND”. Learn more about the project and application process.