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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — everybody likes a good colonoscopy joke but there is nothing funny about colon cancer.
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Halloween can an exciting night for your little ghost or princess. Make sure trick-or-treaters stay safe by following these easy tips.
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Did you know that the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recognizes acupuncture as an effective tool for supportive cancer care?
 
Exercise is one of the most studied integrative therapies. Multiple studies demonstrate the benefits of aerobic exercise for cancer prevention and remission. 
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Today, you have multiple options for receiving medical care from Avera’s skilled providers: primary care clinics (during business hours), emergency care, after-hours and convenience clinics, and AveraNow.  How do you know which is the right one for your current need?  Dr. Tad Jacobs gives a summary of each and how best to choose.
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Karen Hoffman, from Avera Specialty Pharmacy, shares several tips on the proper use of vitamins and minerals.  
 
Whether it’s to boost nutrition, improve heart health, lose weight or just feel better, more people are turning to dietary supplements.  But with hundreds of choices, how can you know if a particular supplement is right for you? Don’t assume that just because a supplement is available over the counter, it’s safe for you. It might interfere with other medications you are taking, or make an existing condition worse.
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According to the +Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Our latest story center article explains one method of we can help children focus and learn better in the classroom.  
 
So what should we all do to help children focus and learn better in the classroom? Movement is the answer according to Danielle Rowland, Occurpational Therapist at Hegg Memorial Health Center.
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With the recently launched Avera Rural Cancer Advisory Board, +Avera Health is removing barriers to better cancer care in remote areas. 
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It’s important to have a colorful diet.  We outline what each color means in our latest blog post. 
Just as the beautiful fall colors signify the changing of seasons, nature also uses colors to provide hints about the nutritional value of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, beans and legumes. While color is the clue, the nutritional power is packed into phytonutrients.
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Do you need to see a doctor for an ache or pain? There’s an app for that. 
 
Websites, books, retailers, and games have all gone mobile.  What about your doctor visit?  AveraNow is a new mobile video doctor visit that can take place over a smartphone, tablet or computer.
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Dr. Sally Williams shares a story about a cancer patient that benefited from a holistic care approach and then payed it forward to others.  
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No family is perfect, but we can all work toward creating a healthier environment for ourselves and our children. 
 
While no two families are alike, generally happy and healthy families seem to share several attributes that nurture the mind, body and soul.
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Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel.
Introduction
Avera, the health ministry of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to maintain excellent care at more than 300 locations in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states.

Our caregivers are supported by the resources and expertise of the region's largest health system. Management and other support services are provided through the Avera Central Office in Sioux Falls, S. D., and its five regional centers: Avera St. Luke's in Aberdeen, S.D.; Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, S.D.; Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, S.D.; and Avera Marshall in Marshall, Minn.

Mission
Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

Vision
Working with its partners, Avera shall provide a quality, cost-effective health ministry, which reflects Gospel values. We shall improve the health care of the people we serve through a regionally integrated network of persons and institutions.

Values
In caring together for life, the Avera community is guided by the gospel values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship.

  • Compassion: The compassion of Jesus, especially for the poor and the sick of body and spirit, shapes the manner in which health care is delivered by Avera's employees, physicians, administrators, volunteers and sponsors. Compassionate caring is expressed through sensitive listening and responding, understanding, support, patience and healing touch.

  • Hospitality: The encounters of Jesus with each person were typified by openness and mutuality. A welcoming presence, an attentiveness to needs, and a gracious manner, seasoned with a sense of humor, are expressions of hospitality in and by the Avera community.

  • Stewardship: Threaded through the mission of Jesus was the restoration of all the world to right relationship with its Creator. In that same spirit and mission, the members of Avera treat persons, organizational power and earth's resources with justice and responsibility. Respect, truth and integrity are foundational to right relationships among those who serve, and those who are served.
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Phone
605.322.4700
Fax
605.322.4799
Address
3900 W Avera Drive Sioux Falls, S.D. 57108