Avera Health is expanding its reach into central South Dakota after an agreement was made with St. Mary's Healthcare Center in Pierre.
A deal was reached Monday between Avera and Catholic Health Initiatives, an Englewood, Colo.-based health system, for St. Mary's Healthcare Center to become part of Avera Health.
Avera and Catholic Health Initiatives have been in discussion since last spring about ways to collaborate and strengthen St. Mary's service in Pierre, Gettysburg and surrounding communities into the future.
"The rapidly changing health care environment calls for a more integrated approach to the way health care services are delivered to communities," said Kevin Lofton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "This transfer is in the best interests of the people and communities we serve."
According to a news release from Avera Health, both organizations have conducted extensive "due diligence" to review each system's operational and financial performance. The transfer is also subject to review and pending approval by regulatory and church authorities.
"Stronger ties between the physicians of Avera Medical Group Pierre and the local hospitals will mean better coordinated care for patients," Lofton said.
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