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Published on May 09, 2022

Celebrating YOU Week at Avera

This week, Avera celebrates all employees who work within its facilities, including clinics, hospitals, senior living centers and more.

National Hospital Week is May 8-14, National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and National Skilled Nursing Care Week is May 8-14.

“Our celebration – called ‘Celebrating YOU’ – captures these important observances, yet goes beyond to include the bigger picture,” said Bob Sutton, President and CEO of Avera Health.

Avera has 20,000 employees in 315 locations in 100 communities across five states in the Upper Midwest. The Avera footprint covers 72,000 square miles and includes a full continuum of care: hospitals, clinics, senior care, at-home and hospice care, telehealth, sports and fitness centers, home medical equipment and more.

Caregivers have varied roles that include physician, advanced practice provider, nurse, technician, technologist, certified nursing assistant, therapist, educator, case manager, social worker, counselor and more.

“Yet we also want to celebrate any and all who fill other roles that fulfill the Avera mission to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities,” Sutton said.

“It’s fitting to celebrate caregivers after two years of pandemic stressors that greatly impacted health care facilities and the people who work in them,” Sutton said.

During the past two years, Avera cared for over 8,000 COVID patients in its hospitals and over 8,000 COVID patients through its at-home program. In addition, Avera teams have tested and vaccinated hundreds of thousands of people.

“Our caregivers remain well-prepared and willing no matter what comes our way. Each day they deliver care that saves lives and improves quality of life for many. We’re proud of their commitment and dedication that is simply the core of what Avera is about as an organization,” Sutton said.

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