Avera Gettysburg Foundation closing in on goal to build new health center

GETTYSBURG, S.D. (DRG News) – The Avera Gettysburg Foundation is hoping to raise $1 million by June 1 to reach the goal to build the new Avera Missouri River Health Center.

Avera Gettysburg Foundation director Kellie Yackley says despite a difficult spring, area residents raised more than $2 million in 90 days.

Avera Health announced plans to raise funds to build a new 21,800 square-foot medical center in February, committing $9 million toward the $12 million project.

Given the current financial struggles of many people due to the depressed agriculture economy, Yackley says they know it’ll be challenging to raise the final $1 million, but she hopes people in north central South Dakota will come through.

Yackley says having access to a modern medical facility will save lives in the Gettysburg and surrounding areas.