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End of One Era in Healthcare, the Beginning of Another

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014

“Three Physicians and Dentist Have Offices in Structure Built by P.R. Matson - Laboratory Services Provided - One Waiting Room Serves for All.” 

Anyone recognize these headlines?

In January of 1940, a front page story ran in the Moody County Enterprise announcing the grand opening of what - at the time - was the new Flandreau Medical Arts Building.

The clinic, a small building located east of the hospital in town at the time, was a welcome addition to the community. It meant increased access to health care, close to home. Generations of Moody County residents grew up going there for their annual check-ups, to get their children’s height and weight measured, to address a fever and to get their teeth cleaned.

It has served the community well.

But this next week, the building will be torn down, making room for the next generation of health care in our area.

“It was a physician owned clinic when it first was started. It’s fun to hear the stories of how individuals remember that it was their clinic, that was where they went to go to the doctor,” said Lindsay Flannery, Administrator for the new Avera Flandreau Hospital.

It has been years now, that any patients have come through the doors. The former clinic stands very quietly behind the new Avera Hospital. Most recently, the building was used to house Hospice and Public Health offices. But those departments, as of this week, now have their own space within the hospital. All of the desks, chairs, supplies and paperwork made their way, Monday across the parking lot into their new home. 

The demolition of the old clinic this next Monday, will make way for the Public Health Department to have it’s own separate entrance at the Hospital.

  “The building itself holds a lot of meaning for the community in that it essentially was the first established primary care/family practice setting in the community that wasn’t home based. Health care had been delivered prior to that but it was delivered out of residential homes,” said Flannery.

Flannery says it is also Avera’s mission to provide quality care close to home. She wants people to know that Avera will continue to carry on the tradition and the promise that a few doctors made to area residents, so many years ago - that Avera is still their hometown clinic with quality healthcare providers taking the best possible care of their family, friends and neighbors.

Avera Flandreau Hospital will be holding an open house for the new facility, June 10th. 

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