SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A $93 million, five-story building recently opened on the 310-bed Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center campus. The 260,000-square-foot facility, called the Prairie Center, houses the Avera Cancer Institute and Avera Surgery Center and is reported to be the largest building project in the Avera Health system's history.
Regional News/Midwest: The Prairie Center opens at Avera, and other news
The building includes 52 private infusion suites, and has facilities for therapies involving acupuncture, aromatherapy, fine arts, fitness, massage and nutrition counseling. There are also interior gardens and waterfalls and an art collection featuring 60 original commissioned works, a news release said. The outpatient surgery center opened July 1. Avera McKennan is part of the 15-hospital, Sioux Falls-based Avera Health system and is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, S.D., and the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen, S.D. It has some 300 healthcare facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The Avera Rural Health Institute was awarded $1.1 million in telemedicine grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development. Avera Health, a 15-hospital system, will use the funding to add 56 access points for its telemedicine program, which includes specialty consultations and intensive-care unit, emergency care and pharmacy services. “Our goal is to provide patients the highest level of care possible near their homes to reduce costs and travel time, and to keep people near family and friends where they heal best,” Rachael Sherard, vice president of rural health services at the institute, said in the release. Avera was awarded three grants among dozens recently awarded to healthcare organizations for telemedicine projects across the country.
ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic is forming a new program that will study practice models for high-quality, low-cost treatment of chronic conditions. The Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery will take advantage of Mayo's operations on its three healthcare campuses in Rochester, Minn., Phoenix, and Jacksonville, Fla., as well as its network of hospitals in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin known as Mayo Health System to evaluate best practices, according to a news release. The initial goal of the center will be to design, implement, measure and then disseminate best practices for wellness and the prediction, prevention and management of chronic diseases. Healthcare services under evaluation will also include primary care, diabetes care, hip replacements and intensive-care unit treatments. Mayo officials noted that during the healthcare reform debate, some observers said the kinds of care delivered by Mayo were laudable but not replicable in other areas of the country. “This new center will allow Mayo Clinic to identify and disseminate the type of high-quality healthcare delivery that patients deserve,” Mark Hayward, administrator of the center, said in the release.
CLEVELAND—On the heels of launching its Center for Personalized Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic has announced the opening of a plastic-surgery center. The Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center will take a “multidisciplinary approach” to providing cosmetic procedures, according to a news release from the clinic. Procedures to be offered include face-lifts, breast augmentation, chemical peels, cosmetic injectables such as Botox and a variety of body-contouring surgery procedures. Twenty-two physicians are affiliated with the center, according to the Cleveland Clinic's website. “Collaboration between doctors who come from different disciplines brings you the best possible patient care and outcome,” said Dr. James Zins, chairman of the clinic's department of plastic and reconstructive surgery. “We believe that this novel approach represents the future of cosmetic surgery.” It has been a busy January for Cleveland Clinic, which also announced this month that it had teamed up with Columbia, Md.-based healthcare provider MedStar Health to create an “innovation alliance” and sold its spinoff company Intelect Medical to Boston Scientific Corp. for $60 million.
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