Avera Medical Minute: Milbank Area Health Care Campus celebrates one year anniversary of new facility

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The Milbank Area Health Care Campus is celebrating one year since the completion of its new facility. And in that time, patients in and around the Milbank area have benefited from its new services.

“I think we just have to pinch ourselves that this is the real thing compared to where we were a year ago. I remember the day the grand piano came in, and I like to play piano, and I texted my sisters that day and said you know my life is complete. We have everything we need here. We have wonderful O.B. suites which I love to deliver babies. We have beautiful in-patient rooms and we have a beautiful clinic. It’s nice that it’s all together. We were separate before,” said Dr. Nanci Van Peursem, family medicine physician with Avera Medical Group Milbank.

“The Milbank Area Hospital is probably one of the biggest things that has happened in Milbank area for a long, long time and we’re so proud of it,” said Jim Gesswein, Milbank Area Hospital Foundation chairman.

Gesswein says the facility was made possible through an enormous community effort and Milbank’s partnership with Avera.

The new Milbank Area Health Care Campus offers expanded services such as dialysis, keeping patients closer to home. Before, the closest dialysis centers were in Watertown and Sioux Falls.

“Dialysis here in Milbank means that we can accommodate the patients that live here. They don’t have to travel. A lot of the dialysis units are full so they end up travelling really far and it also means that people can come home and visit,” said Amber Paysen, Registered Nurse and nurse manager.

“We also want them to look towards us for technology – to know that the level of services they get from us is really similar to services they can receive from a larger community than who we are,” said Natalie Gauer, hospital administrator.

“I get a little bit emotional to be honest with you. It’s been quite a journey. It really has and again look at the results. We’ve got the great people, we’ve got the great facility and again to serve the Milbank area people wherever they may be, we’ll be here for you.

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