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Welcome to Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs

A New View to Senior Living

A Compassionate Community

  • 30 independent apartments
  • 29 assisted living apartments
  • Specialized memory care unit
  • 113 beds at Avera Sister James Care Center
  • 87 beds at Avera Yankton Care Center
  • 8 townhomes
  • Adult Day Services 

How to contact us

  • Avera Sister James Care Center - 605-668-8900
  • Avera Yankton Care Center - 605-668-8800
  • Independent, Assisted Living - 605-668-8439
  • Townhomes - 605-668-8439
  • Adult Day Services - 605-668-8625


With the addition of Benet Hall in 1964, space was finally available in the hospital to fulfill the Sisters' dream of establishing a unit to provide care for the elderly. The fourth floor was eventually named Sister James Nursing Home in honor of Sister James Souhrada, a Benedictine Sister who devoted her personal and professional life to the service of the elderly.

Construction of the new hospital in 1981 made it possible to use the vacated space in the former facility to increase care for the elderly. Between 1981 and 1986, Sister James Nursing Home grew to a total of 113 residents occupying the third and fourth floors of the Benedictine Center. In 1993, Sister James received Medicare certification.

In 1998, Avera Sacred Heart began planning a new project to expand senior services. The dream was finalized in April 1999 when hospital officials announced the purchase of land for a senior living complex. Located on a 40-acre parcel of land overlooking the beautiful scenic Missouri River Valley along Highway 52, the property was purchased from the Benedictine Sisters and was named Majestic Bluffs in honor of the spiritual and geographical influence.

Groundbreaking for the senior living community took place on November 10, 1999. In May 2000, 113 residents moved into the new replacement facility for the skilled nursing home, now named Avera Sister James Care Center.

Construction was completed on assisted and independent living apartments in 2001. Majestic Bluffs also include eight townhomes located along the picturesque lake and walking path.

The Rule of St. Benedict

"Above all things, care must be taken of the sick and elderly that they may be served as Christ."