December 2012

St. Mary's to Join Avera Health


St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, Pierre, SD, will become part of Avera Health effective Jan. 1, 2013, as the result of an agreement reached today between Avera and CHI

CHI and Avera have been in discussion since last spring about ways to collaborate and strengthen St. Mary’s ability to serve Pierre, Gettysburg and surrounding communities.

“Stronger ties between the physicians of Avera Medical Group Pierre and the local hospitals will mean better-coordinated care for patients,” said Kevin Lofton. “The rapidly changing health care environment calls for a more integrated approach to the way health care services are delivered to communities. This transfer is in the best interests of the people and communities we serve.”

The transfer includes:

  • St. Mary's Hospital, Pierre
  • Maryhouse Long-Term Care Facility, Pierre
  • ParkWood Retirement Apartments, Pierre
  • Gettysburg Memorial Hospital, Gettysburg
  • Oahe Manor, Gettysburg
  • Oahe Villa Congregate Living Center, Gettysburg

All employees in good standing will remain employees of their respective facilities as St. Mary's transfers to Avera.

Avera and St. Mary’s share a Catholic heritage, and the two organizations are working together for a smooth transition for patients, employees and physicians. Both organizations have conducted extensive due diligence. The transfer is subject to review and pending approval by regulatory and church authorities.