Avera planning largest project in Sioux Falls history
Avera Health today announced it will begin construction on $174 million worth of projects.
The focus includes a new health campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue – the largest building project in Sioux Falls’ history.
“This bold, transformative campus is part of a broad and unified development plan to meet the rapidly growing needs of Sioux Falls and the region,” said Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
The Avera on Louise Health Campus will be a walk-able, consumer-friendly campus constructed on 82 acres at a convenient, easy-to-access location in southwest Sioux Falls.
Work will begin this fall, and when constructed, the campus will have multiple buildings. The first phase includes a surgical hospital and a connected medical office building, comprising 260,000 square feet. Opening of the campus is slated for early 2020.
The campus will specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology and internal medicine. The surgical hospital will offer an immense range of innovative surgical procedures including robotic surgery, new technologies and amenities.
“This is an unflinching example of the unified, strategic effort Avera is making to enhance health services in the region by providing greater and easier access to convenient, high-end health services like orthopedics and gastroenterology,” Kapaska said. “Health care of the future must be convenient and easily accessible, so Avera is revisioning what care we deliver where.”
Examples include Avera’s Family Health Center and the state’s first free-standing Emergency Department on Marion Road, expansion of urgent care clinics, same-day appointments for primary care in Sioux Falls, and AveraNow virtual visits on smartphones and laptops anywhere and on kiosks at Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores.
The new surgical hospital will be designed with patients’ diverse needs in mind. “This runs the gamut from those who need complex orthopedic surgeries, to Baby Boomers seeking quality of life, to seasoned athletes looking for an added advantage, to weekend warriors wanting relief from nagging injuries. It will coordinate all aspects of musculoskeletal care, from prevention, to surgery, to recovery and beyond,” Kapaska said.
The economic impact of this project will be considerable, both in terms of the workers who participate in construction, as well as the purchase of materials. Over 600 workers will participate in construction over a two-year period with an estimated payroll near $28 million. Using U.S. Department of Commerce economic multipliers, this creates an economic ripple effect that will contribute to 1,200 total jobs and $118 million in earnings.