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Avera Queen of Peace Health Services consists of several medical facilities dedicated to providing comprehensive health care in Mitchell, South Dakota and a nineteen-county area. Our flagship, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, is equipped with the region's most advanced medical technology.

We have the resources to meet virtually every health care need. Our staff - of over 45 physicians, serving in 17 specialties, nearly 800 employees and over 150 volunteers - approach health services with the dedication and the compassion that comes with Christian caring.

We work hard to bring our patients the latest in medical technology; we also know the power of all comes together as we care for our patients.


When the Presentation Sisters established St. Joseph Hospital in 1906, at the request of Mitchell civic leaders, they brought with them a healing spirit and a commitment to minister to those in need.

Today, as Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, the facility has undergone many changes and improvements since its doors first opened, including four separate expansions. The union of St. Joseph Hospital and Methodist Hospital in 1991 to create Queen of Peace Hospital was an important step in this evolution. What began as a small, pioneering hospital on the prairie has become a comprehensive medical facility offering state-of-the-art technology and services. The consolidation of the two hospitals strengthened the goals of both -- to heal the sick and ease their suffering by offering the finest health care available, and to help people stay healthy.

A $15 million expansion completed in 1994 furthered our efforts to maintain a quality health care facility for the people of this region. A new Emergency Department, Operating Suites, Same Day Services Department, Diagnostic Imaging Department, Surgical Unit, Cardiopulmonary Services Department, and Laboratory were completed to upgrade services. Additional remodeling projects have enhanced our ability to provide patient care.

In 1998, Avera Health was formed; it is comprised of facilities owned by the Presentation Sisters, the Benedictine Sisters, physicians, and communities in a five-state area. Avera Queen of Peace Hospital is part of this large network dedicated to providing quality health care close to home. Although many changes have taken place over the years, the Sisters' healing spirit and the commitment to minister to those in need continue at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

A recent change is reflected in our name…Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, sponsored by the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, is an Avera Health partner. Avera Queen of Peace Hospital is a 120-bed, acute care JCAHO-certified, regional medical center serving Mitchell, S.D. and a 15-county area.

The Merger of Two Hospitals

The year 2006 marked another celebration with the completion of a $6 million project for which BWBR Architects, Inc. served as architect and Puetz Corporation of Mitchell was the general contractor. Mitchell sub-contractors included Tessier’s, Muth Electric, Mitchell Plumbing and Heating, and Interstate Glass & Door.

The building project added two new floors to accommodate a new Same Day Services, featuring 13 private rooms with TV, phone and a recliner chair. According To Chris Lippert, director of OR/Same Day Services/Central Registration, “Patients will be prepared for surgery in their private rooms and family can be present until the patients are taken to the OR. There’s a spacious waiting area staffed by a surgery hostess that will include two private consultation rooms, a quiet area and a special area for children; refreshments will be available.”

The new Maternal Care Center features 10 patient rooms and three spacious Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) rooms. Director of Surgical/Peds/Maternal Care Angie McCain said, “Patients really enjoy moving from the Labor/Delivery Room (LDR) to a fresh, comfortable private room following the birth of their babies. We added a high-tech fetal monitoring unit to track a baby’s condition through the labor process; this centralized system allows staff to monitor the baby from the nurses' station, as well as the LDR.” Concerns nationwide for baby’s safety following birth prompted the installation of a sophisticated electronic system to monitor the location of the newborn at all times. The LDRs and the patient rooms feature a personal whirlpool/shower combination, plus a built-in TV/VCR/DVD unit.


Mitchell, South Dakota

Avera Queen of Peace Health Services is proud to be a member of the Mitchell community. With over 650 employees, we are the largest employer in Davison County. It was due, in part, to the invitation of early Mitchell business leaders back around the turn of the 20th century that encouraged the Presentation Sisters to build a hospital to help take care of the community. Avera Queen of Peace is pleased to help make Mitchell a great place to call home!


Mitchell, SD is located in the southeastern area of the state, in the beautiful rural setting of Davison County.


  • Mitchell - 14,558
  • Davison County - 18,741


  • January mean temperature: 31.1 degree F
  • July mean temperature: 81 degrees F
  • Average annual rainfall: 19 inches
  • Average annual snowfall: 37 inches


Mitchell is the county seat for Davison County and is served by a mayor and eight council members.


The Mitchell School District provides education for over 3,000 Kindergarten - 12th grade students each year. The educational facilities include three elementary school, a middle school, a senior high school, two rural schools, three parochial schools, several preschools, and two post-secondary institutions.


Seventeen churches representing a number of religious faiths are located in Mitchell.


  • World's only Corn Palace
  • 19 city parks
  • Two golf courses; one municipal and one public
  • Lake Mitchell; provides boating, swimming, fishing
  • 24-lane bowling alley
  • Avera Queen of Peace Wellness Center; Cybex gym, cardiovascular equipment, weight training room, massage therapy, aerobics and other wellness classes, Yoga
  • Mitchell Recreation Center; indoor swimming pool, basketball and racket ball courts, weight lifting room
  • 1 baseball diamond
  • 14 softball diamonds
  • 5 soccer fields
  • Skating and ice hockey arena
  • Indian Village, including a new Archeodome; archeological dig of Mandan Indian village ruins
  • Doll Museum
  • Friends of the Middle Border Museum
  • Oscar Howe Art Center
  • 4-screen movie theatre complex
  • Outdoor drive-in theatre
  • One performing arts stage
  • Municipal band

Civic Organizations

Mitchell residents are active in and served by over 66 organizations operating in a variety of areas, including civic, education, fraternal and patriotic services.


Mitchell is located on Interstate 90, one of the main east/west highways across the Midwest. It is also on north/south State Highway 37, and east/west US Highways 16 & 38. Mitchell is served by an airport, a bus line, two railways, and several truck lines. Taxi services and a public transit bus are also available.

Business Climate

  • No Corporate Income Tax
  • No Personal Income Tax
  • No Personal Property Tax
  • No Business Inventory Tax
  • No Business Franchise Tax
  • No Commercial Property Taxes for the First Year

Business Incentives

  • Mitchell Economic Revolving Loan Program
  • Regional Loan Program
  • State Loan Program
  • Federal Loan Programs

Industrial Parks

  • Mitchell Interstate Industrial Park
  • Mitchell Airport Industrial Park
  • Mitchell Railroad Industrial Park