Avera Missouri River Health Center 14-16 months away from reality, weather permitting

Over 200 people gathered in Gettysburg this (Mon.) morning for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Avera Missouri River Health Center.

Avera Gettysburg administrator Robert Sheckler says the building will include a six bed, critical access hospital and a new rural health clinic.


The health care center will also include an inpatient unit, a modern emergency services facility, radiology and imaging services, IV infusion suites, a new physical therapy gym and a welcoming clinic. In addition to those services, Sheckler says staff will be fully connected to the Avera eCAREĀ® telemedicine program.


In February, Avera Health committed $9 million toward the $12 million project, launching a capital campaign to raise $3 million. The bulk of that amount has been raised, but Sheckler says they have a little further to go to reach their goal.


North-central South Dakota residents rallied around the project and raised more than $2.5 million in cash and pledged gifts in less than four months.

If you would like to make a financial commitment to the Avera Missouri River Health Center project, contact the Avera Gettysburg Foundation at 605-280-9593.

Below are images of how the facility will look when built.