Officials at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital broke ground for a new replacement facility for Avera Yankton Care Center with plans for a separate six-bed hospice facility. The new facility will be built as two new “neighborhoods” of Avera Sister James Care Center at the Majestic Bluffs campus with the hospice facility separate, but attached.
The project will bring to fruition plans that have been in the making since the Majestic Bluffs campus opened in 2001. Once constructed, the “town square” concept will become part of the central cornerstone of the complex. This will include a deli, general store, pub, theater, children’s play area, bank, post office and beauty salon. Majestic Bluffs is already home to independent and assisted living apartments, townhomes and the 113-bed Avera Sister James Care Center.
With walking paths, a private pond (that is stocked for residents and their families) and a beautiful view of the Missouri River Valley, Avera Sacred Heart President and CEO Pamela J. Rezac states that the facilities are unmatched in the region.
“This has been years in the making — really going back to the dream of Sister James Souhrada,” Rezac stated. “We respect and honor our elders and want them to enjoy their golden years. This means giving them an environment in which the focus is on their needs, wants, comfort and, most importantly, their involvement. Majestic Bluffs has always been a remarkable facility, now it’s just going to get that much better.”
Cost for the project is expected to be $11.5 million.