Avera St. Luke's Hospital

We are a regional medical center that offers a comprehensive array of medical and health services to people living in the surrounding 10 counties around Aberdeen.

Avera St. Luke's Hospital was established in 1901 in Aberdeen, SD, as a 15-bed hospital by the Presentation Sisters. We have grown into a regional medical center that offers a comprehensive array of medical and health services to people living in the surrounding 10 counties around Aberdeen. As a Christian health care ministry rooted deeply in Gospel values, we provide for the needs of the people in our region with quality, cost-effective, accessible health care services, featuring the latest technology. Avera St. Luke's is proud to carry on the long-standing caring tradition inspired by the Presentation and Benedictine Sisters. Facebook Disclaimer: Avera reserves the right to add, remove, or edit content on our wall in our sole discretion. If you plan to add a comment, please remember that we expect all contributors to comply with Facebook’s terms of use. The views expressed in our visitors’ comments do not in any way reflect the views of Avera, other sites affiliated with this page, our staff, or possibly other fans or visitors to this site. The fact that someone has posted information on our wall does not mean that we have evaluated it or that we endorse or recommend it. Avera will remove any content that we deem inappropriate. Any information posted on our page should not be considered medical advice. The information provided is for educational purposes only and the use of this page cannot replace medical consultation with a qualified health or medical professional. As a service to our readers, we may include links to other web sites, but these links are not an endorsement of those sites and we are not responsible for the content of any web site not operated by Avera.

Mission: Our 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. Our Vision Avera St. Luke's will be an exceptional health care organization for patients to receive care, physicians to practice and employees to work.

[01/17/20]   Due to the weather:
Avera Aberdeen Family Physicians will close at 4 p.m.
There will not be any further groups at the Avera Addiction Care Center Aberdeen. This includes CBISA at 3 and 5:15 p.m.
AveraQuick will close at 4:30 p.m. and remained closed through Saturday, Jan. 18.

The following offices or locations are also now closed:
- Avera Human Performance Center Aberdeen
- AMG Psychiatry Aberdeen
- AMG Business Office
- Avera Orthopedic Surgery Specialists
- Avera Surgical Associates
- Avera St. Luke’s Therapy Center (clinic and pool)
- Avera Aberdeen Physical Therapy
- Avera St. Luke’s cardiac rehab program
- Avera Clinic of Ellendale

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Avera Urgent Care will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This post may be updated with future closings.

[01/17/20]   Avera St. Luke’s is the only hospital in Aberdeen to offer 24/7 emergency heart care.

Watch this video to learn more about Sushell Gundewar, MD, an interventional cardiology specialist who chose that focus because he can make immediate impacts in patient’s lives each day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipqpdGU93mg

[01/17/20]   Due to the weather, Avera Clinic of Ellendale ND is closed today. The Cardiac Rehab department at Avera St. Luke's Hospital is also closed.

We had a great time hosting Business After Hours with the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce last night. Thank you to all that attended at our Avera Human Performance Center Aberdeen.

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Avera Medical Minute: Hope after breast cancer

... that specialized care, just a short drive from Karen's home is a proven benefit, rather than a long drive out of town according to Avera Surgeon Doctor Roger Werth.

"If services are available here, it's much more likely that patients are going to get the treatment they need and follow through with the recommendations from their healthcare providers," Dr. Werth said.

Dr. Werth says in the last decade, mortality rates have been on the decline due to early detection, and that's why getting a mammogram is so important.

It's all about saving a life. Karen's life.

ksfy.com Results from a routine mammogram put life and watching the kiddos on hold. It was stage two cancer.

[01/07/20]   Catch KSFY News at 10 p.m. tonight to meet a grateful breast cancer survivor and the Avera St. Luke's doctors that treated her. The Avera Medical Minute will air again tomorrow morning between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m.

Avera St. Luke’s met its first baby of 2020 this afternoon.

Welcome to the world Atleigh Ann!

Happy New Year from your friends at Avera!

Thinking about your New Year's resolutions? If one of them is to make healthier food choices, plan to join us in the Avera Kitchen at the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library January 16.

Register for the free event at avera.org/events.

[12/29/19]   Due to the weather, our clinics will be closed until noon, Monday, December 30. This includes AveraQuick, therapy, cardiac rehab, the Avera Addiction Care Center and the Avera Human Performance Center.

All hospital services, including surgeries and procedures, will proceed as scheduled.

[12/29/19]   Due to the weather, AveraQuick inside Kesslers is closed today.

Avera Urgent Care, inside State Street Medical Square, remains open. Urgent Care can be reached at 605-622-8690.

This cutie is spending Christmas at Avera St. Luke’s this year. Happy Birthday Hudsyn!

And once again, Merry Christmas!

"And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." Luke 2:10

Let's celebrate the joy of Good News this season. Merry Christmas from your friends at Avera.

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Avera Medical Minute: Around the Clock Cardiac Care at Avera Aberdeen

"Doctor Gundewar and his team got me into the surgery, and I'm here to tell about it today," said Woehl.

Avera Cardiologist Susheel Gundewar knows that every second count to save a life and keep a heart from permanent damage.

"We knew there was a blood clot there, that we had to suck out, and the moment we sucked out the blood clot and restored the blood flow his chest pain was gone, and we knew we had saved his muscle at that point," said Dr. Gundewar.

ksfy.com After a co-worker brought him to a hospital ER, he was transferred to another hospital. Don was having a heart attack brought on by the blood flow to his heart being abruptly shut off.

Find out more about our 24/7 Emergency Heart Care by watching a KSFY Medical Minute tonight, December 22 and tomorrow morning, December 23.

Annual Avera Careflight memberships for you and your family are just $49!

Find more information, enroll online or print an application at Avera.org/careflight.

This Christmas, give a gift from the heart, for the heart.

Gift certificates are now available for Heart Smart, Avera St. Luke’s heart and vascular screenings. The screenings will help determine a person’s risk of heart disease and other life-threatening conditions. Through Heart Smart, you can receive a heart screening for $50, a vascular screening for $50 or both for the special price of $75.

To purchase a gift certificate, stop into Avera St. Luke’s Admitting Department, just inside of Door 2 near our Emergency Department.

[12/13/19]   Roger Rohwedder of Aberdeen is walking, driving and moving his ankle with ease after ankle replacement surgery. Avera Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr. Garrett Wobst treats athletic injuries, sprains, and bruises. He also is passionate about helping patients like Roger who have been struggling with pain for years.

Find out more in last night's KSFY Medical Minute:

https://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Avera-Medical-Minute-Ankle-replacement-surgery-that-keeps-mobility-566101251.html

There's just one table full of goodies left at our Auxiliary Holiday Bake Sale and boy does every plate look delicious! These ladies will be here until the food is gone. Stop into our west lobby to support scholarships and hospital projects.

Deck The Halls, 2019

It's been nearly a week since our Deck the Halls event but our gratitude to those that attended, donated, sponsored or purchased a tree lives on!

A special thank you to Steven Lust Automotive for hosting our event and to our own Kimberly Henrich for putting together this video.

Mark your calendars - Deck the Halls 2020 will be December 5!

This year’s [email protected] Hospice “Tree of Life” Remembrance Ceremony, which honors hospice patients, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.

This year’s [email protected] Hospice “Tree of Life” Remembrance Ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.

"Tree of Life" honors [email protected] Hospice patients. Through this campaign, a personalized ornament may be purchased with a donation of $30 in memory or in honor of a loved one. All proceeds from this event benefit the [email protected] Hospice Program.

For more information or to purchase an ornament, call Avera St. Luke’s Foundation Office at 605-622-5887.

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Deck the Halls - Avera

Today's the day!

Put on your Christmas best and join us for an evening of music, cocktails, great food and Christmas spirit! Several Christmas trees, decorations and packages will be up for auction, with proceeds benefiting area patients of Avera Cancer Institute.

Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available at https://www.averafoundation.org/deck-the-halls or at the door!

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Avera Health

Not all health insurance plans are created equal. Some plans may be cheaper on a monthly basis, but if you have a major medical event or pre-existing condition you may not be covered - at all. To find out more, call your agent or go to AveraHealthPlans.com.

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Deck the Halls - Avera

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Steven Lust Automotive, which will host the Avera St. Luke's Foundation Deck The Halls event tomorrow night, Saturday, December 7.

(A special thank you to the students at Aberdeen Public Schools for hundreds of beautiful snowflakes!)

Proceeds from donations, auctions and ticket sales will benefit the Avera Cancer Institute Aberdeen and patients it serves throughout our region. Tickets are still available at https://www.averafoundation.org/deck-the-halls.

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[12/05/19]   A little elf though you might want to know...

These packages will also be up for auction at Deck The Halls Saturday night! 🎄🎄🎄

🎁 Private catered dinner for 12 by Kelly Miller (theme & location up to you
🎁 “Under the Tuscan Sun” - patio wine experience and garden tour for 10– at the home of Dr. Kris Tiegen
🎁 6 Bottles Moet Champagne
🎁 Flatland Flyaways – dinner for 6 and overnight stay at the lodge! Contact Megan to arrange… could be for their Valentines package or a summer burger night with bonfire!
🎁 50 lbs. 98% lean beef from Julie and Jim Patterson

We've had a busy day shooting Medical Minutes with KSFY. In the next couple weeks, watch for stories that include a patient whose life was saved with our 24/7 emergency heart care, a patient that has benefitted greatly from an ankle replacement, and a breast cancer survivor that received all of her care in Aberdeen.

Today is the last day to view the beautiful trees inside the Avera Cancer Institute before they are moved to the Deck the Halls event venue, Steven Lust Automotive, to get ready for Saturday.

Tickets are still available! Donations and proceeds for ticket sales and decorated trees will benefit the Avera Cancer Institute and the many patients Avera serves in the region.

To join the ASL Foundation for an evening of music, cocktails, great food and the spirit of giving, purchase a ticket at https://www.averafoundation.org/deck-the-halls or call 605-622-5887.

'Tis the week to Deck the Halls! View our beautifully decorated trees in the Avera Cancer Institute through Wednesday - then bid on those same trees during our Deck The Halls event Saturday, December 7.

Purchase tickets by calling the Avera St. Luke's Foundation at 605-622-5887 or by visiting https://www.averafoundation.org/deck-the-halls.

[11/30/19]   Avera Urgent Care inside State Street Medical Square is also now closed.

[11/30/19]   Due to the weather, AveraQuick inside Kesslers is closed.

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Creative Ways to Support Your Community This Holiday Season

avera.org When presented with the opportunity to support a local small business, such as buying a present at a local gift shop — make the small gestures that can make a difference for future generations in the community.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Avera! 💛

Deck the Halls 2019

Trees are up for the second annual "Deck the Halls" fundraising event for the Avera Cancer Institute Aberdeen. Trees can be viewed inside the cancer institute until Dec. 5.

Then, put on your Christmas best and enjoy an evening of music, cocktails, great food and Christmas spirit on Dec. 7 when the locally decorated trees and decor will be up for auction at the "Deck the Halls" event in the New Car Showroom at Steven Lust Automotive.

Trees are up for the second annual "Deck the Halls" fundraising event for the Avera Cancer Institute Aberdeen. Trees can be viewed inside the cancer institute until Dec. 5.

Then, put on your Christmas best and enjoy an evening of music, cocktails, great food and Christmas spirit on Dec. 7 when the locally decorated trees and decor will be up for auction at the "Deck the Halls" event in the New Car Showroom at Steven Lust Automotive.

Wow! We love it when our employees take initiative and do great things for our community.

In October, Avera DPSC, OSS and PT staff donated approximately 42 boxes of cereal bars to the Aberdeen School District to help support and feed children breakfast.

👏👏👏

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Hunter's safety and health is priority

Our own Dr. Brandon Steger offered some tips for hunting safely in this KSFY story.

ksfy.com Safety is the number one priority for hunters and hunting lodge owners this this time of year.

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Watch: A New Norm aims to spark conversation about mental health

Wondering what to expect at our A New Norm event tonight? Hear from author Tom Roberts with the Children's Home Society of South Dakota in this Aberdeen American News video.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library. See you there!

aberdeennews.com Tom Roberts, author of "A New Norm," will present his book Thursday at the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library. The program is at 6 p.m. aims to spark a conversation

To purchase tickets for Deck The Halls, please visit avera.org/events and search for "Deck The Halls". The link in the event description is currently not working.

This year’s [email protected] Hospice “Tree of Life” Remembrance Ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.

"Tree of Life" honors [email protected] Hospice patients. Through this campaign, a personalized ornament may be purchased with a donation of $30 in memory or in honor of a loved one. All proceeds from this event benefit the [email protected] Hospice Program.

For more information or to purchase an ornament, call Avera St. Luke’s Foundation Office at 605-622-5887.

There are just a few more days until the free reading and discussion of A New Norm at K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library. Find more information in our event.

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Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa in need of donors, only enough milk to go 'day-by-day'

Avera St. Luke's is a Milk Collection Depot for the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa, which is currently experiencing a serious shortage due to increasing demand across the country.

If you’re interested in becoming a donor, contact the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa at 877-891-5347.

kcrg.com The Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa is looking for donors who can help meet an increasing demand, here in Iowa, and out-of-state.

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The most remote emergency room: Life and death in rural America

As it becomes more difficult to find enough physicians to cover rural areas across America, Avera eCARE responds to more than 15,000 emergencies each year at what The Washington Post has named "rural America’s busiest emergency room."

washingtonpost.com If anything defines the growing health gap between rural and urban America, it’s the rise of emergency telemedicine in the poorest, sickest, and most remote parts of the country, where the choice is increasingly to have a doctor on screen or no doctor at all. These physicians, often hundreds of mi...

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Massage Gift Certificates (Aberdeen, SD)

While filled with joy, the busyness of the holiday season can also become stressful.

To get through the holiday season:
1. Stick to a healthy daily routine, eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep at night.
2. Don’t overextend yourself! Allow yourself to say 'no' during the holidays. Doing more than you have the time or energy for is another way to add to your holiday stress level.
3. Take a “me” moment to get a massage.

Massage therapy is a wonderful, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical method of reducing stress and anxiety that has been proven effective against both acute and chronic stress.

Schedule a massage at the Avera Therapy Center by calling 605-622-5878. Gift certificates can also be purchased online at www.avera.org/services/integrative-medicine/massage-gift-certificates/.

avera.org Purchase massage therapy gift certificates for services at the Avera Therapy Center in Aberdeen, SD.

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Grocery Store Tours

Trying to stay healthy this holiday season? Join Avera for our first grocery store tour Tuesday, Dec. 3. Participants will learn strategies to encourage healthy eating by learning how to read labels and ingredient lists to make healthier food choices. Register and find more information at https://bit.ly/2XiCMbQ.

avera.org Participants will learn strategies to encourage healthy eating by learning how to read labels and ingredient lists to make healthier food choices.

Join the Avera family by volunteering your time!

We have openings seven days a week with morning and afternoon shifts in areas like the ICU, information desks, the Avera Cancer Institute, Avera Mother Joseph Manor and more.

For more information, contact Dalita Meyer at 622-5140 or [email protected].

Join us in the Avera Kitchen at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 21 for a reading of "A New Norm." Register for the free event at https://bit.ly/2O3XK9X and find more information in our event!

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