Avera Eureka Health Care Center celebrates 20th anniversary
Avera Eureka Health Care Center celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the facility with an open house on Dec. 11, 2009.
The care center, a 56-bed, long-term, Medicare-certified nursing facility with two assisted living suites, got its start as one of the original facilities of the Lutheran Health System when it was formed in 1938. A new $1.8 million, 62-bed facility was constructed in 1989 by North Central Health. North Central Health merged with Lutheran Health Systems in 1994, then Lutheran Health Systems changed its name to Banner Health in 2001. Avera St. Luke’s purchased Avera EHCC in 2002.
The center continues to be one of the most attractive care centers in the area and boasts of a very high rate of occupancy. Numerous projects have been completed in the last decade to create a more energy-efficient facility. Avera EHCC is also one of the largest employers in Eureka, employing about 75 staff members with a payroll of $1.6 million. The facility employed approximately 55 employees 20 years ago, when the new building was constructed.
Avera EHCC is currently undertaking a $120,000 capital fundraising campaign to build a 40-seat, 860-square-foot addition to the southeast corner of the care center that will provide a permanent spiritual setting for residents, families, staff and the community. Plans are to break ground in spring 2010.