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Published on December 07, 2020

Avera Missouri River Health Center Prepares to Open New Facility

The newly constructed Avera Missouri River Health Center in Gettysburg, S.D., will open its emergency department Dec. 14.

Patients will move to the new inpatient facility that day, and the Avera Medical Group Gettysburg clinic will begin operations Dec. 17, with full facility functions starting Dec. 18.

Avera Missouri River Health Center is a $12 million, 21,800 square-foot facility that incorporates innovative design and technology. It will offer a seven-bed inpatient hospital unit and clinic, a new leading-edge emergency services department, a surgical suite, radiology and imaging services and a new therapy gym. The gym includes extensive new technology and equipment and will provide wellness center options in the future.

Patient rooms are connected to telemedicine. The facility has three private rooms, including an isolation patient room along with two semi-private rooms for a total capacity of seven patient beds.

“This exciting moment in Gettysburg health care is only possible because of the generous supporters who helped Avera fund a medical center that will serve many generations to come,” said Kristi Livermont, Administrator of Avera Missouri River Health Center. “As construction began, we sought more than $3 million to help fund this project. We surpassed that goal, thanks to many gifts, large and small, from individuals, families and businesses around our region.”

The Avera Foundation led the fundraising efforts, and Livermont said the diligent work by the Lynn and Foster Friess Family Foundation was an instrumental part of the success. The Friess family offered up to $125,000 in matching funds and donors joined them in support of the project to take advantage of that full matching amount.

“We cannot thank the Avera Foundation, as well as Lynn and Foster, for all they have done to see this vision to its completion,” she said. “Their belief in the Avera mission, and of our providers and staff, reminds us all of the honor they’ve bestowed upon us.”

The Gettysburg community is invited to a January 2021 virtual open house to view online photos and take part in video tours of the new medical center.

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