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Published on November 30, 2016

Avera to Open Transitional Care Unit to Fulfill Unmet Care Needs


Avera announces the opening of the Beacom Transitional Care Unit at the Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community campus in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Avera Prince of Peace responded to a Request for Proposal from the South Dakota Department of Health for a specialized unit to care for patients who require care after a hospital discharge but are not ready for a traditional nursing home. The Beacom Transitional Care Unit fulfills an unmet need for these patients.  This specialized unit in the remodeled space of the former Avera Prince of Peace long-term care center will be equipped to care for up to 24 patients who have specialized medical needs, including bariatric (obese) patients and patients with cognitive disabilities and other chronic medical conditions. 

The cost of the project is $3 million. The unit will employ 42 people, including nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, therapists and activities personnel. Miles and Lisa Reischl Beacom made a gift in honor of the Beacom and Reischl families to cover a piece of the cost of these upgrades. Miles and Lisa are strong supporters of education, scholarships, health care and other projects that benefit the community. “When we learned of this special project, our hearts went out to these individuals for whom there was no appropriate care setting. We commend the State of South Dakota for being proactive in finding solutions and we are happy to commit our resources in this collaboration with Avera and the State to help fill a gap in our state’s continuum of care,” said Miles Beacom.

“This new unit will meet physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of care and will provide a safe, comfortable and healing environment for patients,” said Justin Hinker, Administrator of Avera Prince of Peace. “We appreciate the South Dakota Department of Health identifying the need to better serve patients who often have a difficult time finding this level of care. The support that the Beacom family has provided is extraordinary, and will make this a special place of healing.”

Avera Prince of Peace is a full continuum retirement community. In addition to the new 24-bed Transitional Care Unit, Avera Prince of Peace has 74 senior apartments, 52 assisted living units, and a newly completed, $25 million facility that is home to 90 long-term care beds.  The Dougherty Hospice House and Avera Behavioral Health Senior Unit are also located on the Avera Prince of Peace campus.




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