Avera is an integrated health system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with six regional centers in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Yankton, South Dakota, and Marshall, Minnesota. Comprised of more than 300 locations in 100 communities throughout South Dakota and surrounding states, Avera serves a geographical footprint of more than 72,000 square miles and 86 counties, and a population of 1 million.
Avera care facilities are a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, and the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen. The Sisters opened their first hospitals in South Dakota more than 115 years ago, and today their ministry has expanded to serve the needs of an ever-changing population. Distinctions of Avera include:
- Expert health care in 60 medical specialties
- Quality at national-benchmark levels
- Superior customer service
- A wide range of locally available care
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