“IT Starts With Us” campaign to support Women’s Center at Avera St. Luke’s

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Press Release) – The Avera Foundation in Aberdeen announces “It Starts with Us,” a campaign to support the remodel of the Women’s Center at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.

The campaign is scheduled to launch on Mother’s Day, May 9.

“It Starts with Us” will provide a full remodel of the existing Birth Place, allowing space for the following:

•New welcome center

•Private entrance

•Renovated family suites

•Remodeled nursery

•Dedicated operating suites

•Family areas

•Enhanced educational space and state-of-the-art technology

In accordance with Avera’s Gospel value of compassion, the plans include an Angel Suite.Unfortunately, not all births go as planned. Situations where moms and dads leave the hospital without flowers, balloons and, most importantly, the child that they had planned a life for happen all too often. The time provided in the hospital is precious as it is the only physical time the family has with their child. It would be incredible to have the patient and family “sheltered and protected” during this extremely unimaginable time.

That is why the Angel Suite will be a protected and private area designed for families challenged by stillborn/neonate bereavement and miscarriages. The calming environment provides an area in the hospital for families challenged by stillborn/neonate bereavement and miscarriages. The environment also provides a homelike setting to make the overall experience gentler for all involved.

“Every member of our community deserves the very best start. The remodel and updating of the Women’s Center at Avera St. Luke’s will bring a higher level of care to mother and baby in a welcoming environment. It includes many enhancements including renovated suites for both operating and families and introduces an Angel Suite dedicated for families experiencing loss.We are excited to be part of this campaign which will provide a much-needed renovation while making a positive impact on the newest members of our community and their families.  ”Robert and Erin Fouberg, Campaign Chairs

“Having technologically advanced operating suites in the Women’s Center will provide us with quick access in emergency situations. Because when taking care of a mother and baby, every second counts. The soon we can take care of an emergency, the better the outcome for both mother and child.”  Adam, LeFebvre, MDAvera Medical Group Anesthesiology

“This campaign is one that everyone finds a connection. Whether it’s mother and child, thoughts of your mom, or the entire family, we want to provide exceptional care for all at Avera St. Luke’s and that starts with the tiniest of patient.”Amy Blackstone Regional Director of Philanthropy

Avera Foundation Funding will also be used to expand educational programming for new families.

For more about “It Starts with Us” and make a supporting gift, email Amy.Blackstone@Avera.org or call 605-622-5758.