Moving Health Forward

No matter what inspires you, Avera is here to help you keep moving forward. As your health partner, we listen to your health needs and goals, and help you achieve them through care and coverage. We work through people, innovation and technology to ensure we’re ready to care for you at every stage of life, so you can be your healthiest self for whatever keeps you moving.

Avera is a regional health system comprised of 315 locations in 100 communities in five states across the Upper Midwest. Avera serves a population of 1 million throughout a geographical footprint of 72,000 square miles.

Avera is the health ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, SD, and the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen, SD.

As a health ministry rooted in the Gospel, Avera’s mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

Avera seeks to heal the whole person – body, mind and spirit – as we live out our three gospel values of Compassion, Hospitality and Stewardship.

A Message From Our CEO

Bob Sutton

Welcome to Avera’s 2022 Annual Report. Thank you for your interest in our health ministry.

Avera is midway through our current Strategic Plan that’s centered around our values – hospitality, compassion and stewardship.

Our value of hospitality focuses on our employees. If we continue to develop a well-qualified, well-trained workforce who feel dedicated and committed to the Avera organization and our mission, we can’t help but take great care of our patients.

In health care, a strong workforce is absolutely essential to what we do every day. We continually strive to attract and retain top talent with an even greater focus on delivering high quality patient care.

Compassion means many things to us at Avera, but one important factor is to optimize the delivery of care and meet people where they are. One way we’re doing that is through virtual visits and telehealth.

Growth is a strategy under stewardship, specifically involving investments in the growth needs of our communities that have gradual or incremental growth in value.

Our mission is what differentiates us as a health care system and an organization, and whatever we do comes back to our mission.

It’s all part of “moving health forward.” Avera continues to look ahead with a renewed focus, to grow and enhance our health ministry, and meet our patients where they are through innovative technology.

I am grateful to our sponsors, the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, the senior leadership and Board of Directors who faithfully serve alongside me, as well as all the people and partners who come together to form this great organization known as Avera. Together, we impact many lives for the greater good.

Bob Sutton, President and CEO

Hello Healthy, Hello Life

Avera’s overarching branding message is Moving Health Forward, communicating our desire to move health forward – both as an organization and as individuals for better health. Top health care systems like Avera are always striving to stay on the leading edge. Because health is incredibly central to who we are, we want to help you feel your best, so you can be your best. And you can count on Avera to do so in the most innovative ways. Learn more at

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.