10/12/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2020 08:39
Avera has launched the Home for Hope Campaign, a fundraising effort to expand its lodging location dedicated to patients and families receiving care in Sioux Falls at the system's tertiary medical center, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
The Avera Foundation is guiding the campaign's effort, with a fundraising goal of $2.5 million. Avera has long helped families find lodging while in Sioux Falls, and in 2008 developed a three-building hospitality house complex adjacent to the Avera McKennan campus. This campaign will more than double the number of rooms to help more families, since demand is always high.
Last year, more than 6,300 Avera patients were served through existing patient and family lodging options as they sought life-saving care in Sioux Falls. With an average stay of nearly 14 days, a waiting list for patient and family lodging includes more than 1,100 rooms annually.
'This is an opportunity to lift burdens from the many families,' said Jennifer Kirby, Home for Hope Campaign Co-Chair. 'My family faced the same challenges many do when my mother needed weeks of radiation therapy in Minneapolis, more than 70 miles from home. Commuting would have been impossible, but we found a free patient-family lodging facility that became our home away from home. The Home for Hope Campaign will offer many others that same empathetic service here in Sioux Falls.'
When realized, the Home for Hope Campaign will more than double patient and family lodging suites while renovating existing facilities. It will add approximately 6,500 square feet, including 13 suites and connect two existing buildings.
'Avera has served the people of our region for 130 years, with an unwavering dedication to patients, many of whom travel from hundreds of miles to receive exceptional care, spending weeks away from home,' said Dzenan Berberovic, MA, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer for Avera Health. 'Together, we will help those who needs help with lodging while they or a loved one receives life-saving care.'
Berberovic said that extended time away from home can lead to stress, costs and loneliness.
'Facilities like this are a godsend for those we serve and in the future we will serve many more,' he said. 'We will continue to provide compassion for those who need it most - at the bedside and beyond.'