Avera on Louise will open in fall 2019, and on Friday a KELOLAND News crew put on hard hats at the construction site in Sioux Falls for a tour of the $130 million project.
Dick Molseed, executive vice president of strategy and governance with Avera Health, says this project is the most expensive construction project in the history of the city. It includes a hospital component, as well as medical office space.
“Rheumatology will be here, internal medicine, orthopedics, and gastroenterology will be based out here when we open up,” Molseed said.
But no emergency room.
“The emergency department stays at the Avera Heart Hospital which is right down the road and the Avera McKennan main campus, and on the Marion Road free-standing emergency department we had. So we didn’t think we needed to have an emergency department here,” Molseed said. “But it’s 24/7, full inpatient services.”
He estimates that the project is about one-third done. Journey Construction is the construction manager.
“Soon also, you’ll see, start to see more landscaping work here in the next couple months, and it’s, overall though, it’s going as planned,” said Aaron Eich, project manager for Avera on Louise.
KELOLAND News asked Molseed about the significance of the project.
“First of all, as it’s in response to the changing demographics. Not only in where people are living and where they’re working and how they’re moving, but it’s very accessible off the interstate so the larger population that we serve can access this very well,” Molseed said.
He highlights one segment of the population in particular.
“As the population ages, so the orthopedics, the rheumatology, internal medicine types of issues that we have, very accessible for people who will tend to be on the older end of the age spectrum,” Molseed said.
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