The Ministry of Avera
From Gospel times to the present, care of the sick has been seen as a special calling and privilege. Avera's sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters and the Presentation Sisters, encourage all Avera caregivers to understand their work as a healing ministry and to demonstrate, by their words and actions, God's love for all people.
Avera fosters attention to spirituality in its employees through mission leadership development programs, discussions of ethical issues, articles in the employee newsletter and opportunities for private and group prayer. Avera also provides support and education for parish nurses and, through the Avera Clinical Pastoral Education program, offers accredited education for those engaged in pastoral care.
Avera is committed to the integral relationship between the health of persons and the health of communities. We work with our community partners to assess needs and available resources. We then channel those resources back into the towns and cities of our region to keep them vibrant and healthy places in which to live, work and grow. We pay particular attention to providing a full spectrum of health care services and promoting health and preventative care at the local level.
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Avera also embodies its mission in advocacy for the third-world poor by fund raising and working visits to the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) located in Jeremie on the western end of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Avera’s initiative in Haiti includes:
- A modest annual contribution from the Avera Foundation to the Haitian Health Foundation, the organization that funds the clinic;
- Scholarships for Avera employees who make a “working visit” to the clinic; and
- Encouragement of fund-raising activities for the clinic.
For information about upcoming visits to Haiti, contact Avera Sr. Vice President of Mission Services Michael Stebbins at the Avera Health Office (605) 322-4708.
Ethical and Religious Directives
The Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services is a document developed by the American Catholic Bishops for two purposes: first, to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person; and second, to provide authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today.