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Avera McKennan Breaks Ground on new Avera Prince of Peace Facility

Oct 10, 2013 02:14PM ● By Med Editor

Artist’s rendition of the new chapel at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has broken ground on a new 90-bed long-term care facility at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community, located in southeast Sioux Falls.

The new two-story, 117,000-square-foot facility will house 64 long-term care beds, 26 rehabilitation beds and 20 additional assisted living beds. Cost of the project is $24.8 million. A $3 million community campaign is currently under way, and the goal is more than two-thirds met through the gifts of numerous generous donors. Gifts are still needed to complete the final phase of the “Focus on Faith” chapel campaign. It is hoped the goal of this campaign will be reached by Dec. 31, 2013.

The new facility will replace Avera Prince of Peace’s existing long-term care and rehab rooms. The facility’s 32 assisted living apartments will remain, for a total of 52 with the new addition. The rest of the existing building will be repurposed. Laurel Oaks independent living apartments at Avera Prince of Peace will remain as is. The 74 apartments range in size from three-bedroom, two-bath units to studio floor plans.

The new facility replaces semi-private rooms with all private rooms and bathrooms, as well as a number of amenities and updates:

·         Intimate neighborhood living and dining spaces

·         Expanded chapel space

·         “Main Street” amenities, including a deli, general store, salon and bank

·         Expanded kitchen

·         Additional rehab suites

·         Expanded therapy space and new outpatient therapy space

·         Indoor garage space to allow for resident loading and unloading for travel to appointments or outings

·         Secure, landscaped courtyards which serve the needs of residents dealing with dementia

Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community was constructed in 1986 with later additions. It offers a full continuum of senior care, from independent living apartments, to assisted living, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice care at the Dougherty Hospice House – all on one beautiful and peaceful campus in southeast Sioux Falls.

“The needs of today’s seniors are changing. Privacy, dignity and personal space are extremely important. People desire a home-like environment where they feel valued and empowered to make their own decisions.  People need and want a sense of community, combined with a high level of quality care. We’re pleased that our new facility will help us fulfill these needs to a greater extent,” said Justin Hinker, Administrator of Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community.

“Our goals on the Avera Prince of Peace campus are providing quality care with the compassion for which Avera is known, and imparting to residents a sense of dignity, personal empowerment, community and hope,” said Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan. “This is the Avera mission, and the legacy of our sponsors, the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters. This project will enhance our ability to meet our mission of health care ministry as we care for our senior population.”