Avera’s Dr. Terence Parr to retire

Avera Marshall congratulates Dr. Terence Parr, Geriatrics/Palliative Care/Hospice, on his retirement. His last day will be October 17, 2019. Dr. Parr has been with Avera since 2008 and was one of the first physicians to join Avera Medical Group Marshall.

His full medical career spans 41 years. After earning his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif., he spent 20 years practicing in Oregon. He then relocated to Minnesota where he practiced in Hendricks before joining Avera.

During his time at Avera Marshall, Dr. Parr was part of the first team of physicians to provide 24/7 onsite physician coverage in the Emergency Department.

He was instrumental in developing palliative care services, played a significant role in developing formalized geriatrics services and held the medical director role for Avera Morningside Heights. He also championed the launch of home care and hospice services through Avera@Home Southwest Minnesota and has been the medical director for these services.

Serving as a regional resource, he was also the medical director for Sunrise Manor in Tyler, Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe and Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton.

“We appreciate the foundational role Dr. Parr played in the building of our medical group. We value and honor his commitment to ensuring people with serious illness, life-limiting conditions and age-related health concerns have access to quality care that meets their individual needs. That passion was a driving force behind the development of our palliative care, hospice and geriatrics programs that are making a difference in the lives of people across our region today,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO.

“We wish him all the best in retirement.”

Dr. Parr shares his gratitude for his colleagues, patients and families.

“I’m grateful to all of the patients and families who allowed me to be a part of their health care experiences. And I’ve enjoyed being part of the growth of Avera Marshall during my time here. It’s been especially rewarding to collaborate around enhancing services for seniors and those with serious illness,” he said.

“Now it’s time for me to retire. I’m looking forward to spending more time with family and pursing some of my favorite pastimes.”

Avera Marshall’s geriatrics and palliative care teams will continue the work that Dr. Parr helped to build. Maria J. Hoertz, DO, MPH, Family Medicine/Geriatrics, will join Avera Medical Group Marshall in December and will assume a number of Dr. Parr’s responsibilities.

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