- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Avera Health said Wednesday that it plans to build a new $134 million campus in southwest Sioux Falls and to make $40 million in renovations to existing facilities.

Avera said the first phase of the new campus project will be the construction of a 24-bed surgical hospital and connected medical office building on 82 acres that will specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine and rheumatology.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and the campus is expected to open in early 2020. Avera said it expects more than 600 workers to take part in construction, with a payroll estimated at almost $28 million.

Dave Kapaska, president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, said the health system has to prepare to take care of Sioux Falls’ growing population in future years. Avera facilities in Sioux Falls serve 86 counties and 72,000 square miles over five states, according to the health system.

Avera McKennan is also planning the $40 million renovation project on its main campus to allow for the expansion of surgical suites and ICU and clinic space.

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