Avera St. Luke’s Midland Campus Has New Future
ABERDEEN (Aug. 30, 2013) - Officials at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital have announced that they have sold the Midland campus on North U.S. Highway 281 to the Aberdeen Christian School. Both parties have been working over the last few months to go over the possibilities of the former hospital building to serve a new function as a school.
“We are excited to have found a successful re-use of the Midland Campus property and at the same time offer the Aberdeen Christian School a great place to grow for the future,” says K.C. DeBoer, Vice President of the Hospital Division at Avera St. Luke’s.
“Aberdeen Christian School has been bursting at the seams for some time now,” according to Amy Beaner, School Administrator. “This new campus will provide much needed room to grow and allow us to better fulfill our mission of producing Christian leaders of excellence. We very much appreciate Avera St. Luke's maintaining this facility in such excellent condition and for working out the details with us to purchase our new home.”
“We are deeply grateful for the people of First Baptist Church for originally giving birth to the school and for being such gracious hosts until we had a home of our own,” says Craig Haugaard, ACS Board Chairman.
Aberdeen Christian School is a fully accredited pre-kindergarten through 12th grade nondenominational Christian school serving Aberdeen and the surrounding area since 1982. Originally a ministry of First Baptist Church, Aberdeen Christian has been operating as a nondenominational, independent school since 2006, offering a full complement of educational, sports and extra-curricular opportunities for 150 students and growing.
The 130,000 square-foot building originally opened as Dakota Midland Hospital in 1968. In 1988, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital consolidated with that hospital and acquired the Midland campus. Over the years Avera St. Luke’s has used the building for a variety of medical and support services, but began moving those services to Avera St. Luke’s main campus over time. The last services moved out of the Midland campus in fall 2012. The purchase includes the entire building complex, which housed the former hospital and additional clinic spaces, with approximately 20 acres of land on which the building sits and the immediate surrounding property.