Avera Brady Receives $275,000 Pledge
Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Director Tracy Pardy announces that the Avera Brady Health and Rehab capital campaign, ‘Connecting the Past to the Future,’ has received a $275,000 pledge from a local individual who at this time wishes to remain anonymous. According to Pardy, “The individual has displayed great generosity toward the Avera Brady project. The anonymous donor’s spouse was a patient at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital and eventually had a stay at Avera Brady Health and Rehab. During those last days, the donor developed a great sense of appreciation for the staff at both the hospital and Avera Brady. The donor described the care to me as “being treated like family … gently, with great compassion and consideration for our every need, and I was able to be by my spouse’s side at the end, which was a blessing to me.” Soon after, the donor approached Veronnica Smith, Administrator of Avera Brady Health and Rehab, about how one might recognize the staff for all they did to make the last days as comfortable as possible.
Pardy continued, “We are thankful for the donor’s generous pledge and are honoring the request for anonymity at this time. I am hopeful we will be able to announce the donor’s identity and story in the spring.” Pardy concluded, “Thanks to the numerous individuals and businesses that have pledged their support of the campaign, we have raised over $650,000 in gifts and pledges. If you are interested in learning more about the campaign or to make a financial gift, I would be more than happy to visit with you.”
According to Veronnica Smith, Administrator, a ground breaking for the Avera Brady Health and Rehab building and remodeling project is planned for early fall. Smith stated, “The project includes a 17,000 square foot addition on the north end of the campus. Seventeen new rooms will be included, predominantly singles, which will allow for the renovation of the smallest existing double rooms into singles. In addition, as part of this project, we are creating four distinct neighborhoods, each with its own look, feel and décor, its own activity room, dining area and access to an outdoor courtyard.” Smith continued, “Finally, we are adding a pub and parlor, a theatre, a new therapy center, and an updated beauty salon. All of these changes will allow staff at Avera Brady to further implement ‘Eden’ which is an initiative to make long-term care less clinical and more homelike.”
Tom Clark, President and CEO, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, has been extremely impressed with the generosity displayed by associates and the community at large and, in particular, the generosity of the anonymous donor. Clark stated, “Avera Brady Health and Rehab is a 5-Star facility in its current state, and that is a true reflection on the excellent staff that we have providing care at Avera Brady. With the addition of rooms and the other amenities, Avera Brady will be well positioned to provide excellent long-term care and rehab services well into the future.”