Sioux Falls Addresses Health Needs of Residents in Four States

The reach of hospitals and doctors in Sioux Falls extends far beyond the city limits and even the South Dakota state line.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 15:38

The reach of hospitals and doctors in Sioux Falls extends far beyond the city limits and even the South Dakota state line. Sioux Falls is considered a major medical center, serving people in a four-state area.

It has two acute care hospitals, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Medical Center and Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center, a children’s hospital and a heart hospital. Both major hospitals are teaching institutions; both received the top distinctions from HealthGrades in 2008 and 2007 for clinical excellence and patient safety; both have received notice as a top 100 hospital by Thomson. In June 2008, Sanford USD broke ground on a massive research park near the intersection of interstates 29 and 229 at the city’s southern end. Its goal is to harness resources and cure Type 1 diabetes. Avera McKennan has the region’s only pancreas and bone marrow transplant programs. The 545-bed hospital also has a neuroscience institute and an inpatient behavioral health center.

Sioux Falls has multiple specialty hospitals, too. Children’s Care Hospital & School targets children with developmental disabilities, including autism and related disorders, behavior problems and physical rehabilitation needs. It has extensive inpatient and outpatient services and also treats adults with special needs. Avera Heart Hospital opened in 2001 with three surgical suites and 55 beds. It has a separate emergency room that’s open 24 hours a day. Select Specialty Hospital provides longer-term care and rehab after patient are discharged from acute care but not ready to resume their regular lives.

The Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient care to veterans in eastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa, and southwestern Minnesota. Older residents have many choices, too. Waterford at All Saints, on the campus of a school built in the 1880s, offers independent living, assisted living and specialized services for residents with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. Trail Ridge Assisted Living Center is another option; Prince of Peace Retirement Community has different levels of care; and Bethany Lutheran Home for the Aged is a traditional nursing home.