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Published on August 29, 2018

Avera Announces Plans for Human Performance Center at 69th and Louise Campus


Avera announces plans to build the Avera Human Performance Center on the Avera on Louise Health Campus at 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls.

“Avera is known for our holistic approach and philosophy as we care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit,” said David Flicek, CEO and President of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. “Not only will this new facility help us better serve athletes of all ages and ability levels; it will promote overall health, wellness and balance throughout a lifetime.”

This $14 million, 60,000-square-foot complex will be the third major development on the new campus. “This center, plus the surgical hospital, medical building and Avera Addiction Care Center, make this campus a health care destination,” Flicek said. Construction will begin this fall.

“The Avera Human Performance Center focuses on the needs of people who want to improve their health, strength, power, speed and stability or overall physical performance,” said Jonathan Buchanan, MD, sports medicine specialist with Avera Orthopedics in Sioux Falls. “Orthopedics and sports medicine are all about helping people move – pain free – from prevention to intervention to recovery and getting back into action after an injury.”

Programs will be offered within an environment of respect, integrity, perseverance, inclusion, balance and enjoyment.

“This is a center where all individuals – whether they consider themselves an athlete or not – can improve their strength and balance with preventive programs, or recover from injuries. Anyone from a volleyball player to a gardener, or people who just want to move around more comfortably, can benefit from these services,” said Buchanan.

The facility will house a sports medicine clinic with staff that specialize in non-operative treatment, biomechanical evaluations and specialized instructions after injury or concussion.  There will also be a modern therapy gym with an anti-gravity treadmill, Pilates equipment, isokinetic balance equipment, a gait-analysis treadmill with 3-D motion capture system, as well as an underwater treadmill and an aquatic therapy pool.  A nutrition bar will be open to anyone who enters the facility.

The center will feature seven volleyball courts to accommodate the 3,500 players who are involved in Avera Sports Kairos Elite Volleyball. A future phase will include new basketball courts for programs including Avera Sports Warwick Workouts and South Dakota Attack.

The building will be home to Athletic Republic, Avera’s sports performance training program in Sioux Falls. This area includes a biomechanics lab, cardio equipment room, performance weight room, cycling room,  turf and plyometrics floor. Specialized equipment includes super treadmills and a hockey treadmill. This area includes a room for movement classes such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi and more. It will be home to AR-FIT classes for active adults of all ages.

Avera’s surgical hospital and medical building on the Avera on Louise campus will feature orthopedics and sports medicine, among other specialties including gastroenterology, internal medicine and rheumatology. “This state-of-the-art environment will complement the full continuum of orthopedics, physical therapy and sports medicine services we offer at Avera and specifically at the Avera on Louise campus,” Buchanan added.

The human performance building will be situated on the southwest corner of the campus facing Louise Avenue. It will be standard commercial construction with a well-designed exterior featuring brick, stone, glass and architectural metal panels.

Avera currently plans to keep other sports locations in Sioux Falls including the Avera Sports Dome near 41st Street and West Avenue and the Avera Sports Center near 85th and Minnesota.

The Avera Addiction Care Center at Avera on Louise will open in September of 2019, the surgical hospital and medical office building will open in October of 2019, and the Avera Human Performance Center will open in December of 2019.



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