Avera McKennan Hospital

Avera Behavioral Health Center Addition

A person talks to the receptionist in the main entry of the Avera Behavioral Health Center
A detailed shot of the front entry desk showcases nature-themed artwork and a plexiglass shield to protect against Covid
Two people walk behind a nurse station in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
A nurse station and main patient gathering area in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
A person walks past purple and gray chairs in a behavioral health patient gathering space
View across a patient dayroom in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
A nurse reception desk in the adult unit near a patient room in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
An example of a private patient room in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
An example of a private patient room in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
People play ping pong and foosball in a rec room at the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition
A recreation area and group therapy room in the Avera Behavioral Health Center addition

Avera McKennan Hospital

Avera Behavioral Health Center Addition

Sioux Falls, S.D.

In 2006, the BWBR-designed, 110-bed Avera Behavioral Health Center became the first new freestanding treatment facility of its kind west of the Mississippi River since 1991. The Center reached capacity almost immediately and has been serving the region ever since. Nearly 15 years after the Center opened, a substantial grant made by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust funded a new four-story wing designed to offer additional and new behavioral health care options for patients across the age spectrum.

Designated floor by floor, the new wing offers added inpatient capacity for the adolescent, adult, and senior populations, as well as 24/7 behavioral health urgent care and adult partial hospitalization (day treatment). Enhanced telehealth systems help patients across the state access care, as well as perform chemical dependency evaluations and mental health assessments.

New to Avera and the state of South Dakota, youth residential addiction care works to help patients overcome addictions that often accompany behavioral health disorders. Youth partial hospitalization is also offered for the first time in an Avera facility. The program allows patients to balance their school days with their treatment plans, helping them to succeed on more than one level.

Size: 59,000 sq. ft.

Components: Four-story expansion to a BWBR-designed behavioral health facility; behavioral health urgent care; space for outpatient classes and community education; partial hospitalization (day treatment); residential addiction care; two rooftop patios; indoor playground for child patients; fitness room; telehealth

Completion: 2022