Ava’s House prepares for grand opening

September 25, 2017

After extensive fundraising efforts and more than a year of construction, Ava’s House by Sanford will open its doors to the public on October 5. By mid-October, it will begin admitting its first patients.

You’re invited to the following events:

  • Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting — Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m.
  • Sanford Family First — Oct. 5, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (For Sanford employees)
  • Community Open House — Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Ava’s House is located on 17th street between Covell and Lake avenues on the campus of Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

The hospice facility’s grand opening is a major milestone made possible by the many donors who contributed generously to the $10 million construction phase of the Gift of Time campaign.

Now that Ava’s House is ready to open, the campaign will continue, but with a new, forward-looking focus to ensure that patients and families will continue to find dignity and compassion within its walls for years to come.


The endowment phase

In the second phase of the Gift of Time campaign, donors will have the opportunity to support a $5 million endowment to sustain comprehensive patient care and services, including:

  • Spiritual care
  • Child Life
  • Patient assistance
  • Expert caregiving

To learn more about supporting the future of Ava’s House, please contact one of our major giving officers:


About Ava’s House

Ava’s House, a new acute-level, in-patient hospice facility in Sioux Falls, will provide 24-hour nursing care to patients of all ages in a home-like environment. It will extend Sanford’s continuum of care to ensure that patients and families have a comforting place to turn when symptoms and pain are beyond the scope of care currently provided at the Sanford Hospice Cottages or delivered in the hospital, long-term care facilities or in-home settings.

Honoring its namesake, Ava Holder, who passed away at 4 years old after a courageous battle against cancer, Ava’s House will also offer one of only four in-patient pediatric hospice programs in the country.