EIN 46-0422673

Avera Health

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Avera Health is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values. Promotion of Health.
Related structure
Avera Health is child organization, under the parent exemption from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
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Avera Health is a nonprofit corporation jointly sponsored by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen, South Dakota and the Benedictine Convent of the Sacred Heart of Yankton, South Dakota, together referenced as the "Sisters." Avera Health acts as the leader of the Avera health ministry, serving as an overall parent to support its affiliated tax-exempt health care organizations. These organizations provide services principally in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states. Avera Health provides management consulting, fund raising and other administrative services to the hospitals, long-term health care facilities, clinics, services and programs that are sponsored or otherwise affiliated with the Sisters.Avel eCARE is a visionary care delivery model that provides rural health care professionals around-the-clock access to specialty care physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Using advanced communication technology, eCARE supports rural facilities in the provision of evidence-based, high-quality care and offsets workforce shortages in rural communities. eCARE is a natural extension of Avera's Health mission and its century-long commitment to its rural communities to maintain access to quality care close to home. Avel eCARE works with some of the most underserved populations in the United States. This includes frontier populations, long term care residents, Native American Reservations, disabled veterans, and inmates. By bringing high quality, on demand access to specialty care, these unique populations are able to receive care within their home community and in a familiar, culturally appropriate setting. They are treated in coordination with the local practitioners that best understand their ongoing care needs.During the COVID pandemic over the last two years, Avera Health and its affiliated entities have stewarded significant funding toward community benefit, from our own resources and from state and federal assistance and relief funds. When the first cases were identified in 2020, we created a 24/7 hotline people could call to inquire about testing, treatment, and later vaccination. This hotline minimized the burden of clinics and helped protect patients and the public by keeping patients from presenting to healthcare facilities in person. Along with the hotline, Avera launched an innovative and specialized program for caring for COVID patients at home, including daily check-ins, virtual visits (if needed) and at-home oxygen therapy. Throughout the pandemic this program has supported patients and kept hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.Additionally, we launched public awareness campaigns for masking and vaccination that included earned media, paid advertising, and digital presence. We set up testing sites and events, including a mass testing event for workers at the local protein plant. The state delegated vaccination efforts to South Dakota's health systems, and our state was recognized nationally for our "shots in arms" efficiency. Avera led efforts to prioritize those at highest risk, including not only elderly and infirm but homeless, congregate living residents and protein plant workers which included a high percentage of immigrants. We participated in national research for COVID therapies including convalescent plasma, monoclonal antibodies and antiviral medications. We worked with local and state officials to inform the public at regular press conferences and expanded bed capacity by reallocating resources across all hospitals in our system. Avera partnered with other health facilities and systems to ensure capacity for the sickest patients, and those in need of ICU care and ventilators. Avera also launched efforts to support and retain health care workforce, including such things as paying health insurance premiums, providing support payments, $2 across-the-board pay increases, increased on-call pay and shift differentials, and more.

Grants made by Avera Health

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Sioux Falls Catholic SchoolsSponsorship$1,000,000
Presentation College (PC)Scholarship Sponsorship$800,000
University of Sioux Falls (USF)Scholarship Sponsorship$400,000
...and 82 more grants made totalling $5,059,407

Who funds Avera Health

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable TrustTelehealth Education Program$1,354,776
The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable TrustEcare Tele-Psychiatry 24/7 Care Team$1,252,083
The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable TrustEcare Tele-Psychiatry 24/7 Care Team$377,000
...and 13 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of Health and Human ServicesPROVIDER RELIEF FUND$24,288,675
Department of Health and Human ServicesTRANS-NIH RESEARCH SUPPORT$5,610,957
Department of Health and Human ServicesCOVID-19 TESTING FOR THE UNINSURED$4,184,833
...and 47 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at Avera Health

Bob SuttonPresident and Chief Executive Officer$1,759,265
David FlicekPresident and Chief Executive Officer - Avera Mckennan$1,224,706
Deanna LarsonChief Executive Officer - Ecare$418,995
Todd ForkelPresident and Chief Executive Officer - Avera St Luke's$690,400
Julie LauttChief Financial Officer
...and 24 more key personnel

Financials for Avera Health

RevenuesFYE 06/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$21,836,149
Program services$275,697,373
Investment income and dividends$199,301
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$165,643
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$16,908,592
Net income from fundraising events$197,164
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$8,564,768
Total revenues$323,568,990

Form 990s for Avera Health

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062022-07-11990View PDF
2020-062021-05-25990View PDF
2019-062021-02-09990View PDF
2018-062019-08-23990View PDF
2017-062018-06-14990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 21, 2023
Received grants
Identified 12 new grant, including a grant for $1,354,776 from The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust
February 3, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $1,000 from The BWBR Foundation
October 5, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 11 new personnel
October 3, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
HospitalsHealth organizationsChapter / child organizations
CatholicChristianReligiousLobbyingFundraising eventsPeer-to-peer fundraisingOperates internationallyNational levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportManagement and technical assistanceProvides scholarshipsFundraising races, competitions, and tournamentsTax deductible donations
General information
3900 West Avera Dr No 300
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Metro area
Sioux Falls, SD
Website URL
(605) 322-7300
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
E21: Community Health Systems
NAICS code, primary
622: Hospitals
Parent/child status
Child within group exemption
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