Advance Health, a Virginia based company, will be opening its third site in one of the empty building at Ellsworth, where it hopes to bring over 200 new jobs within the next three to five years. The company’s primary function is to provide at home health assessments for new, mainly elderly, patients of insurance companies and Medicare in order to provide service providers with patients’ health information.
Ken Davis, CEO of Advance Health, says the company serves to help insurance providers and government agencies to assess risks when taking on new patients, which in turn helps them to adjust pricing and Medicare payments.
Advance Health will be leasing the unused Ellsworth space, built for a now discontinued accounting project, by means of the U.S. Enhanced Use Lease Program, which allows private businesses to lease the underutilized government property.
The company held an announcement at the base on June 30. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard was in attendance, and spoke about how he expected Advance Health to benefit the Black Hills region. The governor was confident that Advance Health would provide well paid jobs to regional professional, using the same pay grade as its other sites out of state, as well as filling the unused space at Ellsworth. Officials also hope that Advance Health, if successful, will draw other similar businesses to the area.
Some local business owners expressed concerns that Advance Health’s high wages might affect their employees, as South Dakota has notably lower wages in many of its industries as compared nationwide.
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