Investor Profile: Avera

Posted on January 18, 2018

Paula Jensen
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Avera has been an Investment Partner Since 2007 with total investments to-date:  

  • $300,000 in grants  
  • $80,000 in loans  
  • $54,000 in sponsorships 

Drive across our rural landscape in any direction and chances are you’ll find an Avera facility. Whether it’s a hospital, clinic or other health care service, Avera has a presence in 86 counties across the region. This rural commitment is part of the health care system’s longstanding mission of “providing access to health care and specialists in rural and underserved communities.” 

“Dakota Resources and Avera have very similar values,” says Rachael Sherard, Senior Vice President of Avera Rural Health Services. “We invest in Dakota Resources because they invest in rural. Helping sustain and build strong rural communities is vital to a good health care system and a good health system is vital to a strong rural community. All boats rise if we work together.”  

Recent Capital Investment Fund investments in rural communities like De Smet, Aberdeen, Yankton and Pierre are all great reasons why Avera is committed to Dakota Resources. 

“There is just so much overlap. Dakota Resources is all about creating strong leadership. Well, Avera also needs strong leaders to serve on our boards. We are looking for stellar health care recruits, and those recruits are looking for nice houses, good jobs for their spouses, strong school systems and community amenities. Dakota Resources is helping bring all those things to the rural places we serve. It’s truly a win-win,” says Rachael.  

And on a personal note? 

“Dakota Resources has an awesome staff, no two ways about it,” says Rachael. “That staff makes the organization, and to my knowledge, no one else is doing what they’re doing. They are just phenomenal people that work hard to improve our rural communities.”  




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