Congratulations to this month’s South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization (SDAHO) Hometown Healthcare Heroes member facility and community, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota.
To help member facilities with workforce needs, SDAHO has launched the Hometown Healthcare Heroes campaign. The campaign is designed to recognize and celebrate member facilities, the people that work there and the communities they live in. Each month SDAHO will highlight a member facility and the job opportunities at that facility. In addition, community members share insight on the business environment, housing options, details about the school system, and some of the amenities within the town and surrounding area.
Avera St. Mary’s Hospital has an array of medical and health services, including multiple areas of specialty care. This regional hospital and related facilities is the only hospital of its size located within a radius of 112 miles.
Located in the central part of the state in Hughes County, Pierre is South Dakota’s state capital. In addition to state government, Pierre is also known for outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities. Sara Rankin is the CEO of the Pierre Chamber of Commerce. “If you like hunting and fishing, Pierre is an outdoorsman’s paradise.”
Dr. Mark Hagy is an orthopedic surgeon at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Dr. Hagy has traveled the world serving patients as a healthcare provider, until settling down in Pierre in 2017. “It has been an absolute blessing to come to South Dakota, it has reinvigorated my life. If I could bring together my former colleagues where I’ve practiced before to talk about how you can take care of patients and really take care of them in a good way, I would bring them all to this setting without a doubt.”
Lindee Miller is the Emergency Charge Nurse at Avera St. Mary’s. She was born and raised in Faulkton, SD, but left the state for a short stint as she pursued her education and healthcare career. She and her family decided home was South Dakota, so they moved back. “As my career advanced and I was ready to raise my kids, I knew Pierre was a safe community and that is where we wanted to be.”
Pierre is a robust community with continued growth. Avera St. Mary’s Hospital and the healthcare team are part of that growth with a variety of job opportunities. To learn more about Pierre, South Dakota and the healthcare job opportunities within Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Clinic and Specialty Clinic, visit our website.