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Published on January 30, 2013

Avera Bulletin - January 2013

Avera Sacred Heart Puts Simply D’Vine Money to Good Use

Since 2008, the Simply D’Vine event has raised more than $210,000 for the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Cancer Center. Funds raised help the Cancer Center Transportation Program, which has transported more than 24,000 patients to and from treatment. This year, Simply D’Vine funds purchased a new van to transport patients. This new van offers a more comfortable and peaceful environment during transportation and is more fuel-efficient.

Heart and Soul

February is American Hearth Month and Avera is promoting healthy hearts through our annual Heart & Soul events. This year the program is “Mission: Nutrition” presented by the three Avera Heart Hospital dietitians and a local dietitian from the regional facility. It’s an entertaining look at how to try to keep healthy foods in your families’ lives without making yourself crazy. Get your tickets early!

  • Avera St. Luke’s Hospital hosts the event on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen at 6:30 p.m.
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital will host the event on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Avera Professional Office Pavilion in Yankton at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Avera Heart Hospital will host the event on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls at 6 p.m.
  • Avera Queen of Peace Hospital will host the event Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Pepsi Cola Theater in Mitchell at 7 p.m.
  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center will host the event on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Marshall Golf Club at 5:30 p.m.

A Place to Reflect

Today’s Scripture and Reflection provides a verse from one of the scriptures for the day from the Christian cycle of readings, accompanied by a reflection and prayer written by an Avera colleague. A link to the full text of all the day’s readings also is provided.

The page — which updates daily to include a new scripture, reflection and prayer — began in 2004 as a grassroots effort of Avera employees who wanted to create a spiritual presence on the web. The reflections, which also are emailed to subscribers, are written by employees, physicians, board members and friends from facilities across Avera. More than 100 authors write personal and practical reflections that connect the scripture reading to everyday life.

Volunteers are being sought to write for Today’s Scripture and Reflection. No formal religious background or training is needed. Writers are asked to read a given passage of scripture and tell a related story, ponder a question of life that relates to the scripture or reflect on the mystery posed by the scripture. If you are interested, contact traci.christensen@avera.org to learn more.

The Avera Patient Financial Center Begins Staffing

The Avera Patient Financial Center in Mitchell, S.D., will manage a portion of Avera’s regional hospitals’ self-pay receivables. Staff members will serve as an extension of the business office and will work with patients to answer questions about their bills, secure payments and counsel them on payment and financial assistance options, in addition to reaching out to patients who have had delays in paying Avera.

The Avera Patient Financial Center is not a collection agency; it will serve as a unified location for self-pay balances from both the uninsured and insured to be managed prior to going to our internal collection agency, Accounts Management, Inc.

The Avera Patient Financial Center has secured a new location for operations. The building formerly occupied by Verifications at 1308 W. 15th Ave. will now be occupied by Avera Queen of Peace Hospital employees and Avera Patient Financial Center staff. The 9,000-square-foot space will allow for growth and expansion.