Avera News Team

Avera News Team

Marketing and Communications at Avera Health

Avera’s team of writers operates as a news staff for Avera Health and its team of experts.

Our job is to spread their knowledge so you can live a healthier life. Look to us as a resource for the latest health tips and news on everything from general wellness, cancer care and heart health to tips on navigating your health insurance plan.

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Celebrating Life with Health Changes

Anja Hoekman’s holistic approach to diet isn’t about weight loss or self-denial. It’s all about building muscle, feeling energetic and enjoying satisfying, natural meals that focus on delicious ingredients and leave the processed products on the shelf. She also had help. Read More »
Cancer Care, Nutrition, Patient Stories · Avera Health

Concussions and Kids: Facts Before Fears

Springtime youth soccer is a great way to greet the greening grass with a healthy dose of sprinting and scores. But the risk of concussions is another reality that players – and their parents – face in the sport. Concussions are brain injuries that can happen in any sport. Read More »
Brain and Spine, Children's Health · Avera Health

Understanding Occupational Therapy’s Role in Recovery

Occupational therapy is one of those health care services for which we often hear the question “What is that, exactly?” While you might be like most people and think it relates to jobs or job training, the definition of occupational therapy is simple: Our lives are made up of these simple “occupations” such as eating, getting dressed, bathing and cooking, to name a few. Read More »
Patient Stories · Avera Health
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How Serious Is it? When to Avoid the ER and When to Go

Knowing when to go to the emergency room and when to head to an urgent care clinic can save you both time and money. In fact, it’s estimated that 13 – 27 percent of all emergency room visits could be treated elsewhere with potential cost savings of $4.4 billion every year. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Dispelling Myths about Hospice

There are certain words in health care that no one wants to hear. Hospice shouldn’t be one of them. That’s the point of view of Avera@Home’s Mari Perrenoud, RN, CHPN, who serves as Hospice Liaison for the program. She’s helped hundreds of families who face the challenges that come with the special care that is hospice. Read More »
Family Medicine · Avera Health

Emergencies and Urgent Care: How to Make the Best Choice in a Hurry

In a crisis, it’s almost always impossible to think things out, including the question “Should I go to an emergency room or an urgent-care clinic?” That’s why Jared Friedman, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Avera Medical Group, tells everyone to learn the basic differences between emergency and urgent care. Read More »
Family Medicine · Avera Health