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Published on April 25, 2017

Avera St. Mary’s Breaks Ground on Helmsley Center


Avera St. Mary’s Hospital recently broke ground on the new Helmsley Center on its campus in Pierre.

This project will bring the full scope of cancer care to central South Dakota, as Avera St. Mary’s will be home to Avera’s sixth regional Avera Cancer Institute location. The building project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

The Helmsley Center is being constructed thanks to a generous donation of up to $10 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to ensure the people of central South Dakota no longer have to travel more than 100 miles for some cancer treatments, specifically radiation therapy.

“We have been blessed with the generosity of the Helmsley Charitable Trust and the people of our region who have donated to this project as part of the $2.5 million challenge matching grant,” said Mikel Holland, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer at Avera St. Mary’s. “We are still needing and accepting donations to meet the challenge grant.”

One aspect of the project that has not been shared as of yet are details of what will be included in the building project:

  • Three-story, 57,000 square-foot building which will connect to the existing hospital with a shared wall and the existing clinic via a link.
  • Improved parking with a new canopy drop-off area to the Helmsley Center.
  • Avera Cancer Institute will include:
    • Linear accelerator vault
    • Patient-centered infusion rooms
    • Meditation room
    • Pharmacy
    • Wig/hat room
  • Avera Medical Group clinic will include:
    • Outreach
    • Dermatology
    • Urology
    • Ear, Nose and Throat
    • Multicultural room

The space will also offer a beautiful, open atrium with fireplaces and a piano.

“We are fortunate to have outstanding health care in Pierre, and that includes a strong cancer program. Yet we know that needs remain, including radiation oncology treatment, so we are thrilled that progress on the Helmsley Center is now under way,” Holland said.


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