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State’s First Free-Standing Emergency Department Opening in October

Courtesy Keloland TV

Dr. Chad Thury will call the Avera clinic on 41st Street his workplace home for just a few more months.

“I’m excited about the different opportunities it’s going to bring,” Thury said.

Thury and the other five doctors at the clinic near Roosevelt High School will be moving to the new Avera Family Health Center near 28th Street and Marion Road.

“I think there’s very much a need for an emergency room presence on the west side of Sioux Falls, especially for Avera patients,” Thury said.

The ground floor, which will include the state’s first free-standing emergency department, is expected to be done on October 12th.

“It allows us to expand our presence on the west side,” Vice President of Primary Care Mark Vortherms said.

The second floor, which will include family practice, pediatrics, behavioral health, along with lab and X-ray, will open around Thanksgiving.

“If you think of everything west of Interstate 29, there’s almost 50,000 people in that part of Sioux Falls. That would be the third largest city in the state of South Dakota,” Vortherms said.

Those patients will see the entire building completed in January. The third and top floor will house a couple of OB/GYN doctors and mammography.

“With that growth we’ll add nurses. We’ll add some paramedics and lab and X-ray staff,” Vortherms said.

While Avera will add more employees, current staff, including Thury, are also excited to transfer to the new building.

“I think a lot of patients are excited about the different services that are going to be provided there,” Thury said.

Avera plans to hire around 50 new full-time employees for the new center.

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