Over 200 people gathered in Gettysburg Monday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Avera Missouri River Health Center.
Avera Gettysburg administrator Robert Sheckler says the building will include a six-bed, critical access hospital and a new rural health clinic.
Dakota Radio Group reports the health care center will also include an inpatient unit, a modern emergency services facility, radiology and imaging services, IV infusion suites, a new physical therapy gym and a welcoming clinic.
In addition to those services, Sheckler says staff will be fully connected to the Avera eCARE telemedicine program.
In February, Avera Health committed $9 million toward the $12 million project, launching a capital campaign to raise $3 million. The bulk of that amount has been raised, but Sheckler says they have a little further to go to reach their goal.
Sheckler says if weather cooperates, they hope to have the new health center built in 14-16 months.