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Published on May 15, 2018

Avera Holy Family Breaks Ground on New Emergency Department


Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa, will break ground on a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Tuesday, May 15.

The new Emergency Department includes a building addition of 6,800 square feet, with 3,000 square feet of renovated space in the existing building.

“Quality 24-hour emergency services are absolutely essential to local health care. Having this updated, cutting-edge facility will give us the facilities we need to provide optimal treatment, and it will enhance our patients’ experience,” said James Creech, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Avera Holy Family and family practitioner with Avera Medical Group Estherville.

The new Emergency Department (ED) will feature two private trauma rooms and four private treatment rooms, a nurses station, physician consult space and a family conference area.

The new space will also include a dedicated registration area for emergency, surgery and same-day services; a decontamination room for chemical exposure and similar needs; and an ambulance garage, allowing for indoor access to the ED for patients arriving by ambulance. 

“Our new Emergency Department will help us care for more patients, more efficiently, and give patients the privacy they deserve,” Creech said.

As part of this project, the City of Estherville allowed Avera to purchase and close off Eighth Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets. This will allow for a new parking area that’s safer for patients and staff.

To help fund this project, Avera Holy Family Hospital conducted a capital fundraising campaign. In a timeframe of only seven months, this campaign exceeded the $1 million goal with a total of $1.26 million in pledges and donations.

“We thank the community for this display of support and generosity,” said Kathy Preston, hospital board chair. “For the community of Estherville, this is our hospital, and we are proud and fortunate to have one of the nation’s top critical access hospitals, right here in Estherville.”

“Avera is known for its long history of vital partnerships, and its commitment to rural communities. Our new Emergency Department is an example of that commitment to Estherville. As health care changes, we will continue to meet the needs of our patients and communities,” said Dale Hustedt, CEO of Avera Holy Family Hospital.

Around-the-clock emergency services will continue to be offered at Avera Holy Family Hospital throughout the construction process. Patients are asked to use the main entrance of the hospital to access the emergency room until the project is complete.

A spring 2019 opening is planned for the new Emergency Department.


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