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Avera McKennan Hospital

November 2019


Based in: Sioux Falls, S.D.

Number of hospitalists: 36, recruiting for 5 more
Number of hospitals covered: 3
Founded: March 2005
Contact: Suzette Hohwieler, Suzette.Hohwieler@Avera.org; 605-360-2997, www.avera.org

Avera McKennan Hospital is a 545-bed tertiary care center that has earned national awards in patient care, technology, quality initiatives and Magnet Certified nursing staff.

Avera eCARE now partners with hospitals and clinics in 30 states. Avera eHelm is a stand alone facility that houses the nation’s largest virtual hospital with eICU, eEmergency, ePharmacy, eSenior Care, eBehavioral Health and eHospitalist.

Employment model: Hospitalists are hospital-employed.

Services: ED unassigned coverage, primary care coverage, subspecialist consultation, ICU coverage, teaching service and admitting service for several service lines. Seasoned advanced practice provider support.

Schedule and coverage: Fourteen 12-hour shifts per month or 168 shifts per year. The schedule features hybrid (flexible) scheduling with the option of telemedicine shifts and bedside shifts. Physicians cover Avera McKennan, Avera On Louise (a specialty hospital) and the Avera eCARE eHospitalist service, all in Sioux Falls.

Compensation: Salary guarantee and generous benefit package, with extra shift pay and night differential. Biannual retention bonus, quality bonus, educational loan assistance, relocation, CME, malpractice and 403(b) retirement match of 5%.

Local highlights: With no state income
tax, Sioux Falls is recognized as one of the most business-friendly communities in the country and a great place to raise a family. Excellent education, recreation and professional sports. See www.siouxfalls.com.

Published in November 2019 issue of Today’s Hospitalist

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