A new facility has been built to house the hospital, clinic, and assisted living facility in Eureka, South Dakota in order to continue to provide different levels of healthcare services for this rural community of 848 residents and surrounding rural area.
The new one-level facility provides for increased efficiencies and new services to the area. For example, same day surgery for cataracts is available.
USDA provided a Community Facility loan of $6,425,000 for the modern medical treatment service facility. FEM Electric Association, Inc. provided revolving loan funds of $300,000 received through a USDA Rural Economic Development grant and Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc. (REED) provided revolving loan funds of $300,000 to purchase medical equipment for the new hospital/clinic and assisted living facility. The community capital campaign for this project had a goal of raising $1 million. They exceed this goal and raised over $2.2 million.
Today, healthcare services are now provided in one location. The previous facility was two-levels with an inefficient layout, very old, and had limited space for the current medical and aging resident needs of the service area. The hospital has been around since 1928. The new facility replaces the 1929 structure, is connected to the current nursing home built in 1989, includes a 4-bed critical access hospital, 10-unit assisted living facility and a new clinic.
This project will create efficiencies in the medical records systems. It provides for a much improved and integrated healthcare delivery system. With both local physicians on one site, it yields greater accessibility and higher quality of care for the patients. The facility has also been designed for future growth and expansion.
“We are thrilled to have a new state-of-the-art facility which will continue to provide quality health care for Eureka and surrounding communities for years to come,” said Carmen Weber, Administrator for Avera Eureka Health Care Center and Eureka Community Health Services Avera.