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Avera marshall update presented to the marshall city council july 10 2012

Avera Marshall Update Presented to the Marshall City CouncilJuly 10, 2012

Mary Maertens,

President & CEO


  • One of five regional Avera facilities

  • 25-bed critical access hospital

  • 76-bed long-term care facility

  • Emergency care center – level 3 trauma designation

  • Behavioral Health Center opened in July 2007

  • Outpatient services center

  • Avera Medical Group clinics

  • Management agreement with Avera in 2004 and renamed Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center

  • Became an Avera sponsored facility in Nov. 2009

Physicians office building1
Physicians Office Building

  • Ground breaking in August 2011

  • Project continues on time

    and on budget

  • Local contractors

  • Substantial completion

    expected in September

  • Phased move-in to new construction followed by remodeling of existing clinic spaces

  • Fully completed in December 2012

Avera Marshall

Physicians Office Building

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Physicians Office Building

Clinic space for Avera Medical Group providers :

  • Ophthalmology & Optometry

  • Obstetrics/Gynecology

  • Internal Medicine

  • General Surgery

  • Orthopedics

  • Pediatrics

  • Family Medicine

  • 40 exam rooms, including 4 procedure rooms

Physicians office building features
Physicians Office Building Features

  • New services

    • pediatric rehab, Curaquick Avera Clinic, Transitions program at Morningside Heights, Palliative care, Lasik, Advanced imaging, Mission services

  • Increased number of physicians and mid-level providers and added specialties to the Avera Medical Group

    • pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, ob/gyn, ophthalmology, optometry, psychiatry, psychology, hospital medicine, emergency medicine

  • Completion of Surgery Center remodeling

  • Physicians Office Building construction underway

  • Technology advances

    • AveraChart electronic medical record, Avera eCare services

  • Decentralized check in and waiting areas

  • On-stage/off-stage layout, with staff core

  • Clinic based lab and imaging services

  • Convenient drive-up, drop-off area

  • Extensive measures to protect patient privacy – exam room construction, white noise, etc.

Strength of Avera

Purpose of the initial partnership was to elevate Avera Marshallto a regional medical center:

  • Operational support

  • System branding

  • Physician recruitment and retention activities

  • Service/product expansion

  • Investment in advanced technology

  • Excellence in quality and customer service

  • Building relationships with business entities & health care providers

Avera marshall growth
Avera Marshall Growth

Recruitment of health care providers

Service expansion

Regional footprint

Financial milestones


Recruitment of providers
Recruitment of Providers


  • Family Medicine:

    • Melissa Scotting, CNP

    • Theresa Bly, CNP

  • Psychiatry:

    • William Del Monte, II, MD

  • Optometry:

    • Melissa Younger, OD

Recruitment of providers1
Recruitment of Providers


  • Family Medicine:

    • Amy Nicolas, CNP (8/2012)

    • Jane Hartman, MD (10/2012)

  • General Surgery:

    • Traci Kruse, MD (9/1/2012)

  • Hospital Medicine:

    • Justin Hartman, MD (8/1/2012)

      Additional recruitment in pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, family practice, orthopedics

Service expansion
Service Expansion


  • Palliative Care

  • Lasik – laser vision correction

  • New Surgery Center

  • Medical Home

    Future/under consideration:

  • Emergency Department expansion

  • Cancer services

Expanding our footprint
Expanding our Footprint

Bringing specialty care to the region…

Recent additions:

Granite Falls –

Dr. Louwagie, Ophthalmology outreach

Slayton – Dr. Reber, Ob/Gyn outreach

Dr. Buntrock, Ophthalmology outreach

Tyler – Dr. Buntrock, Ophthalmology outreach

Marshall – Dr Affolter practice acquisition


Redwood Falls



  • AveraChart electronic medical record

  • Avera eCARE complement of services

    • Surgery Center

    • DexaScan


    • Stereotactic breast biopsy

    • Continued AveraChart/electronic medical record advances

Financial milestones
Financial Milestones

  • Nearing $100 million gross revenue

  • $12 million net revenue growth

  • Foundation surpassed $1 million mark

  • Auxiliary has donated over $2.5 million

Health care reform
Health Care Reform

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act --

  • Avera recognizes that the law is not perfect, but it does provide insurance coverage for everyone.

  • Insurance coverage for everyone makes health care more accessible for those people who can least afford it.

  • Avera has been working to position our organization to be ready for full implementation of this law. We can now move forward with our plans.

  • Avera long has been committed to providing care for everyone. The United States Supreme Court affirmed the importance of health care for everyone.

  • The individual mandate was upheld.

  • Medicaid expansion TBD

Health care reform in minnesota
Health Care Reform in Minnesota

Task force appointed by Gov. Dayton to develop strategies to improve access to health care, lower costs and improve health of Minnesotans. Current strategies address:

  • Health insurance exchange

  • Affordability

  • Quality and coordination

  • Prevention/wellness

  • Long-term care

  • Health care workforce

Health reform in minnesota health insurance exchange
Health Reform in Minnesota:Health Insurance Exchange

  • Marketplace for consumers to compare, choose and buy health insurance

  • Compare based on cost, quality and consumer satisfaction

  • States have until January 2013 to create health insurance exchange or federal government will establish one

  • Available to consumers in 2014

State legislative update minnesota health human services budget
State Legislative Update--Minnesota Health & Human Services Budget

  • Restored hospitals’ decision-making authority regarding community benefit activity

  • Improvements to Provider Peer Grouping law

  • Working to restore cuts to Emergency Medical Assistance program – funding restored for dialysis and cancer treatment for individuals eligible for EMA

  • Legislation creating new felony charge under Minnesota’s Vulnerable Adult law