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Our Healing 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.


In caring together for life, the Avera Health community is guided by the gospel values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship.


Little Girl with Stethoscope

Compassionate caring is expressed through sensitive listening and responding, understanding, support, patience, and healing touch.


Elderly Couple with Nurse

A welcoming presence, an attentiveness to needs, and a gracious manner, seasoned with a sense of humor, are expressions of hospitality in and by the Avera community.


Award Presentation

Respect, truth and integrity are fundamental qualities needed to create relationships among those who serve, and those who are served.

Board Members

The Avera McKennan Foundation board members have dedicated themselves to help further the healing mission of the foundation. We would like to thank each of you for your time and guidance.

  • Andrew Burchett, DO
    Avera Health

  • Dr. David Elson
    Retired Physician

  • Julie Choudek
    The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

  • Melissa Howes
    Community Volunteer

  • David Flicek
    Avera McKennan Hospital
    & University Health Center

  • W. Tim Kromminga
    Avera McKennan Foundation

  • Brad VanKalsbeek
    University of Sioux Falls

  • Jennifer Bunkers
    Boyce Law Firm
  • Ed Bloom
    Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln
  • Thomas McDowell,
    Vice Chair
    McDowell Financial Group

  • Sr. Mary Thomas
    Avera McKennan Hospital
    & University Health Center

  • Jim Woster, Chair
    Community Volunteer

  • Lisa Maguire
    Woods, Fuller, Shultz &
    Smith P.C.

  • Jeff Gordon
    IFAM Capital

  • Carol Twedt
    Community Volunteer

  • James Joshua Plonde, MD
    Avera Medical Group Radiology
  • Laren Brecht
  • Mark Lammers
    Hy-Vee Food Stores

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Every gift to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center furthers our mission to provide the best quality care to patients and their families while remaining dedicated to serving our local community by providing care to all, regardless of ability to pay. You can be part of our healing ministry through your gift.

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Avera McKennan Foundation

1325 S. Cliff Avenue, Suite 205
P.O. Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
Phone: 605-322-8900
Fax: 605-322-8905

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