• February/March 2020


Avera on Louise – a new destination for health care

Sioux Falls has a new landmark on its southwest side – the Avera on Louise Health Campus at 69th and Louise.

The first structure – the Avera Specialty Hospital and connected Avera Medical Group building – opened in October. The Avera Addiction Care Center soon followed in December, and the Avera Human Performance Center in January.


"Over two years ago, Avera announced this bold project that would transform how we're delivering health care in our city," said David Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. "This campus is all about consumer-friendly and accessible health care, in addition to providing for needs in our community that were previously unmet."

The five-story Avera Specialty Hospital and three-story Avera Medical Group building comprise 260,000 square feet. The building is designed in Avera's signature Prairie Wind theme, with 1.5 acres of glass along the exterior. Outdoor and indoor waterfalls and a rooftop garden contribute to a beautiful, serene atmosphere for patients and visitors.

"This campus is in response to growth of Sioux Falls – especially on the southwest side – and greater demand for specialties such as orthopedics and gastroenterology," Flicek said. Population growth in the Sioux Falls metropolitan service area (MSA) by 2025 is projected to increase by 54,000 to a total of 321,000.

The specialty hospital and medical building are dedicated to the specialties of orthopedics, gastroenterology, rheumatology, internal medicine and urogynecology. It features eight surgical suites, eight GI procedure suites, 24 private inpatient rooms, a therapy gym, lab, imaging center, retail pharmacy and clinic space. Amenities include the "Our Daily Bread" café and meditation room.

"Avera teams, in partnership with architects and contractors, poured themselves into making this the most patient-friendly environment they could for the delivery of convenient, specialized care that today's health care consumers are looking for," Flicek said.

The Avera Addiction Care Center is a voluntary 28-day residential treatment center that uses a variety of evidence-based, individualized approaches to treat alcohol and drug addiction, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. The center offers medical stabilization and medication assisted treatment (MAT). Therapists are co-certified in addiction and mental health, and psychiatrists regularly round at the center. Programming also includes a robust family component.

The two-building, 20,000-square foot complex is comprised of a residential building with 32 private rooms, and a main building for treatment and programming. A fitness center, centering room, meditation room and business center are on site, with outdoor gathering spaces complete with fire pits and walking paths.

"This center is the first of its kind in Sioux Falls. Every detail from the daily programming, to the furnishings, to the smells, sounds and tastes, was planned with three value statements in mind: Respect, confidence and hope. The center is a serene, beautiful environment that upholds the dignity of each individual," said Thomas Otten, Assistant Vice President for Avera Behavioral Health Services.

"Avera has been the regional leader of behavioral health services for decades. This was an important addition to our continuum of care. Addiction is a serious disease that can be deadly. We know this center will impact and save many lives," Otten added.

The Avera Human Performance Center is the third major development on the campus.

"Avera is known for our holistic approach and philosophy as we care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit," Flicek said. "Not only will this new facility help us better serve athletes of all ages and ability levels; it will promote overall health and wellness throughout a lifetime."

The 60,000-square-foot complex focuses on the needs of people who want to improve their health, strength, power, speed and stability or overall physical performance. The facility offers a sports medicine clinic, modern therapy gym, aquatic therapy pool and underwater treadmill. Seven volleyball courts accommodate the 3,500 players who are involved in Avera Sports Kairos Elite Volleyball.

A section of the building is dedicated to Athletic Republic, Avera's sports performance training program. This area includes a biomechanics lab, cardio equipment room, performance weight room, super treadmills, cycling room, turf and plyometrics floor. This area includes a room for movement classes such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi and more.

"Together all these facilities make this campus a health care destination, with much more room across this 82-acre tract of land for future expansion," Flicek said.

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