June 17, 2021
Avera is going big with its newest addition on the east side.
The health system breaks ground today in a three-story, 86,000-square-foot building on 26th Street and Veterans Parkway, which is similar to its western medical center near 26th Street and Marion Road.
This includes a freestanding emergency room, as well as laboratory and imaging services, including CT, X-rays, and ultrasound.
Additional services in the new $ 34 million building include family medicine, emergency care, obstetrics / gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, and dermatology.
“Family health centers strategically located across the city are our future,” said Dave Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center and Chief Administrative Officer of Avera Medical Group.
“When the city grows, we want to be able to grow with the city, and that’s it – a new access point on the east side, and the visibility is great.”
Avera has had a clinic in Dawley Farm Village in a retail center for nearly a decade, providing primary and emergency care.
“It was a great success,” said Flicek. “Strategically, it (the new location) is a great corner with a lot of growth, so I think we have a good position here.”
The third floor will be shell for now, but “we have some creative new things we could do to outsource patient beds at McKennan,” said Flicek. “Nothing concrete yet.”
The decision to add another emergency room is also intended to take the load off McKennan’s main campus and further position the system to see patients in an emergency setting but then potentially discharge them home.
“We’re seeing it’s from Brandon, Garretson, Larchwood, and with the Veterans Parkway completed, we think it’s going to be from a broader community perspective,” Flicek told ER, and we noticed that at 28th and Marion all these services flow well. If you are too sick to go to the emergency room, we can take you straight to the emergency room. “
The east-facing location will offer space for up to 40 providers and up to 70 total employees.
“We’re happy in Sioux Falls that we still can’t see the shortage of doctors in other parts of the country,” said Ryan Vanden Bosch, vice president of primary care at Avera Medical Group.
“We saw… more people knock on the door in the middle of their careers. The pandemic made it clear to them that they … wanted to move to South Dakota (or) wanted to be closer to their grandparents. “
While the system is looking to rent, the physical space is limited, Flicek added.
“So some will move from existing practices to this facility, which will allow us to fill these offices too. So it’s a growth strategy that is strategically placed on the east side. “
The new medical center should be ready in early 2023.
A $ 760,000 project is underway at the medical center on the west side to build shell space for pediatric and general practitioners’ offices on the top floor.
Four years after it opened, it’s full. Flicek said he expected a similar pull at Dawley Farm Village.