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About Avera St. Luke's Hospital

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We are committed to meeting the health care needs of the Aberdeen region.

Phone: 605-622-5000

Avera St. Luke's Hospital was established in 1901 in Aberdeen, S.D., as a 15-bed hospital by the Presentation Sisters. We have grown into a regional medical center that offers a comprehensive array of medical and health services to people in the Aberdeen area. In addition to our 133-bed hospital, Avera St. Luke's provides services through:

Our History

It was a diphtheria epidemic at the turn of the century in Aberdeen, S.D., that led to the beginning of what is now called Avera St. Luke's Hospital. Read the full history.

Our Mission

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

Our Vision

To be an exceptional integrated healthcare delivery network for patients to receive care, physicians to practice and employees to work.

Letter From Our CEO

Welcome to Avera St. Luke's!

Todd Forkel, CEOThank you for visiting our website. All of us at Avera St. Luke’s are committed to being a source of knowledge and support for your health care needs. We are proud of the experienced and well-qualified people on our staff who offer a variety of services, allowing residents from our region to stay close to home when medical services are needed.

Not only do we care for you in times of illness, but we also consider it our role to emphasize wellness and prevention through our education classes, screenings, and community health forums.

Please browse our website. We hope you will find the information and help you need for a healthier life for you and your family.

Todd Forkel
President and CEO

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

  • Main Avera St. Luke's Hospital Campus
    305 S. State St.
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera Dakota Medical Square
    815 First Ave. SE
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera Mother Joseph Retirement Community
    1002 N. Jay St.
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera St. Luke's Business Services Center
    524 Camelot Drive
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera St. Luke's Healthcare Plaza (includes Avera St. Luke's Imaging Center)
    820 First Ave. SE
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera St. Luke's Therapy Center
    805 First Ave. SE
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera St. Luke's Cancer Care Center
    620 Third Ave. SE
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera St. Luke's Worthmore Addiction Services
    1206 S. Main St.
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
  • Avera State Street Medical Square
    105 S. State St.
    Aberdeen, SD 57401


Our Employees

Our Employees

Avera St. Luke's employs nearly 1,400 employees in our hospital, long-term care and clinic divisions, including the quickly growing Avera Medical Group. A medical/dental staff of more than 80 local physicians represents 34 different specialties for the area's citizens. Our volunteers, who help in many ways, are also an integral part of the success of the medical center.

About The Hospital

The Hospital

Avera St. Luke's Hospital is the pioneer facility of Avera, the health ministry of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters. Avera is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to maintain excellent care at more than 300 locations in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states.

Established in 1901 in Aberdeen, S.D., as a 15-bed hospital, Avera St. Luke's has grown into a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of medical and health services to people living in the Aberdeen region. In addition to the 133-bed hospital, we provide long-term care services through Avera Mother Joseph Manor Retirement Community and Avera Eureka Health Care Center, and feature urgent care, primary and specialty clinics through our clinic division.

Leadership at Avera St. Luke's

We are fortunate to have excellent leadership at Avera St. Luke's, both in administrative staff and the volunteer governing bodies that help guide the direction of our facilities. These people are currently providing leadership toward our Avera health care mission: 


  • Todd Forkel, President and CEO
  • Dr. Shahid Chaudhary, Chief Medical Officer
  • Geoff Durst, Vice President of Finance
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" Guiliani, Vice President of Mission
  • Michael O'Keefe, Vice President of Business Development
  • Tracy Olson, Human Resource Officer
  • Jan Patterson, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Tom Snyder, Vice President of Long-Term Care
  • Debbie Streier, Vice President of Avera Medical Group Aberdeen

Board of Directors

  • Bob Olson, Chairman
  • Josh Kraft, Vice Chairman
  • Lyle Biegler, MD
  • Judy Bledsoe
  • Tage Born, MD
  • Michael Evans
  • Todd Forkel
  • Robert Fouberg
  • Jean Gerber, MD
  • Josh Kraft
  • Sister Denette Leifeld
  • Thomas Luzier, MD
  • Carmen Meyer
  • Sister Mary Kay Panowicz
  • Stephen Peters, MD
  • Sister JoAnn Sturzl
  • Sister Mary Thomas