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New Transitional Care Unit Will Fill Unmet Need in Sioux Falls

Aug 26, 2016 09:55AM ● By MED Magazine

Avera has announced that it will open a Transitional Care Unit at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community campus in Sioux Falls.

 

The the Beacom/Reischl Transitional Care Unit is designed to be a post-hospital discharge option for patients who no longer need acute hospital care but still have medical needs too great for a small hospital or traditional nursing home.

 

Avera Prince of Peace responded to a request for proposal from the South Dakota Department of Health for a unit to care for patients with specialized medical needs, including bariatric patients, patients with cognitive disabilities and other chronic medical conditions. These patients often require a higher level of care, specialized equipment and greater staffing.

 

The unit, open as of early September, is housed in remodeled space at the former Avera Prince of Peace long-term care center, which has been replaced by a newly constructed building. Cost of the project is $3 million for upgrades to patient rooms, which will all be private, and improved dining and physical therapy space. The unit will employ 42 people, including nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, therapists and activities personnel and includes 24 long-term care beds.

 

“We appreciate the South Dakota Department of Health identifying the need to better serve patients who often have a difficult time finding this level of care,” says Justin Hinker, Administrator of Avera Prince of Peace.

 

The transitional care unit is supported by a significant gift from Miles and Lisa Beacom of Sioux Falls in honor of the Beacom and Reischl families.