Whether it's through tele-medicine or through mobile clinics, Avera Health is constantly working to bring doctors and specialist into the rural communities. Wherever the need, the doctors will go. That mission continues in Huron.
It may look like just another ribbon cutting for a new building but for Cathy Deering, who calls Huron home, it means top notch medical care is finally coming to town.
"During the day when I'm at work and if something happens or if the kids just need a check up or someone's not feeling well we can take a little bit of time out of our day rather than having to miss half a day of work so it's perfect!" Said Deering.
The Avera Medical Group Specialty Clinic in Huron has been in the works for months after the need for services in the Huron area continued to be expressed by both patients and outpatient physicians.
"It just makes sense that, why should a patient have to drive 50 miles to go to their appointment with their surgeon or see the pediatrician or whatever if we can see those patients here locally instead?" Said Tom Clark, regional President and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell.
Pediatrician Dr. April Willman is just one of the specialists who make the trip up from Mitchell to see patients at the Huron clinic. While she currently only makes the trip twice a month, an increased demand could bring more pediatricians to Huron.
"I think the more convenient than we can make it and the less far you have to drive the better it is for the whole family." Said Dr. Willman.
With their growing family, the Deerings are bound to be spending plenty of time at the clinic, starting with little Carleigh.
"Next week she's going to have her two month check up, my daughter here is going to have her physicals for middle school and sports and so forth and we have a very active two-year-old that anything can happen with him so it's great to have the availability of the clinic in Huron." Said Deering.
Family wellness checks are essential, but the specialty clinic can also offer much more to it's patients thanks largely to the partnership with the Horizon Healthcare Clinic right across the hall.
"We are able to do immunizations, were able to do lab tests with the help of horizon, as well as x-rays, and there's even a procedure room for the surgeons to use so there is quite a wide variety of things we can do here at our Huron outreach clinic." Said Dr. Willman.
"Surgery has already been here, Orthopedics has not been here yet, Occupational Medicine has, and OB/GYN is scheduled to come up." Said Clark.
For both doctors and patients the future healthcare possibilities are almost limitless. With the launch of the Huron Speciality Clinic and Avera Queen of Peace's Mobile Clinic, easy access to quality care is a promise that will always be guaranteed.
"All healthcare should be local and Avera, one of its cornerstones is outreach. Whether it be through clinics are whether it be through our nationally recognized eCare telemedicine program this is just a natural part of what we do." Said Clark.
So for Huronites like the Deerings a trip to the doctor now takes a matter of minutes, not hours.
The Specialty Clinic not only plans to help care for patients but also plans to be a good corporate citizen for Huron. The clinic hopes their venture at the Huron Mall will draw other businesses and help re-energize the community. For more information just call 877-AT-AVERA.