Avera building $8 million addiction care center in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KSFY) - Avera announced Thursday that it's new health campus in Sioux Falls will include a center for addiction care services.

The $8 million project will consist of two one-story buildings totalling 20,000 square feet of space at the new Avera on Louise Health Campus at 69th and Louise. The center will include space for day treatment, group dining space and a meditation room. The facility will also include 32 private rooms with separate areas for men and women.

An estimated 10 to 15 percent of people in the general population deal with chemical dependency. Avera Behavioral Health Services has offered outpatient and intensive outpatient services for addiction care for many years.

“Avera is the regional leader in behavioral health services, and this is an important addition to our continuum of care,” said David Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. “We look forward to offering world class residential care to those individuals and families in our region who are struggling with addiction.”

The center will be designed around the Avera philosophy of care and mission. But it will also partner with The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Patient Care Network – the first of its kind in the addiction treatment industry. The Hazelden Patient Care Network offers access to tools, resources and collaborative consultation.

Treatment at the center will typically be 28 days in length, and is a voluntary program for adults who are seeking help to deal with addiction to alcohol or other substances.

The center will employ 35 full-time employees.

“We are proud to be able to offer access to high quality addiction care in a beautiful, respectful and hopeful environment. We feel that families and individuals in our area whose lives are torn by addiction deserve no less,” said Matt Stanley, DO, Vice President of the Avera Behavioral Health Service Line and Avera Medical Group psychiatrist.

Construction is set to begin this summer. The new Avera Addiction Care Center will open in mid-2019.