Hoeven Dedicates New Long Term Care Facility

St. Luke's Home Opens in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today joined the dedication of St. Luke’s Home’s new long-term care facility in Dickinson. As governor, in 2009 Hoeven helped break ground for the $17.5 million facility, approximately $15.0 million of which was in the form of USDA guaranteed loans. The St. Luke’s Foundation has raised $1.8 million, with the fundraising goal of $2.0 million.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Rural Health Caucus, Senator Hoeven has worked to secure funding to advance rural health care priorities. As Congress works to address the nation’s fiscal situation, the senator is also working to ensure that the federal government fulfills its promises to seniors and preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare over the long-term.

“With its use of the latest technology and a culture of care that provides for the dignity, privacy and peace and quiet of its residents, St. Luke’s is a great new asset for our seniors,” Hoeven said. “Four years ago, I had the privilege of being here for the groundbreaking, and it is my privilege today to see this project reach its completion. Congratulations and thank you to all the staff who have worked tirelessly, in the face of labor shortages and increasing construction costs, to bring us this much-needed facility.”

The new facility is comprised of 84 beds in private and semi-private rooms and is connected to Park Avenue Villa, an assisted living facility constructed in 1998. The rooms are contained in households of ten to eleven people and are connected by shared common rooms, kitchens and dining rooms. St. Luke’s has applied to expand the number of their licensed beds by four in 2014, for a total of 88 beds. In order to prepare for the new complex and a greater focus on patient-centered care, the staff of St. Luke’s underwent a two-year planning and training program.