A groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the start of an innovative renovation and construction project at Good Samaritan Society–Waconia and Westview Acres on Friday, March 21.
Rebecca Bollig, the Campus Administrator at Good Samaritan Society-Waconia and Westview Acres, opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone in attendance and giving an overview of the project.
As reported in recent weeks, the care center has received state approval to construct a new three-level building project, which will be designed to focus on post-acute and rehabilitation care for patients following a hospitalization from a serious injury, illness or elective surgical procedure. The existing care center will also be refurbished, designed to focus on resident-centered living spaces with the same warmth as home.
As part of the building project, Good Samaritan Society–Waconia and Westview Acres will construct an underground walkway to provide direct access to Ridgeview Medical Center.
The physical connection between the two campuses will allow for access to multiple levels of acute and post-acute clinical care, specialty services and community-based care and technology, located on both of the Ridgeview Medical Center and Good Samaritan Society–Waconia and Westview Acres campuses.
The project will begin next month with site plan upgrades and the remodeling of the main level of the existing care center. In the fall, construction will begin on a new three level addition that will be built off of the existing care center. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in early spring 2016.
During her remarks, Bollig touched on the vision behind the project: “Bridging Life and Health to the Fullest.”
“It is a vision that stems from delivering care and services around the priorities of each person and where they are at in their own health care needs,” she said.
Bollig also thanked the many partners that are connected to the project, including officials at Ridgeview Medical Center, the folks with architect/builder Nor-son, the leadership team at Good Samaritan’s National Campus in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the staff, families and residents at the care center.
Robert Stevens, president and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center, also briefly spoke during the event.
“As a partner in providing care to community members, Ridgeview has committed to providing a $100,000 philanthropic gift to Good Samaritan in support of this important building project on our shared campus,” Stevens said. “We are pleased to support the construction of the underground tunnel that will give Good Samaritan residents and their families direct, convenient access to the hospital and specialty services they need.”
During the ceremony, Stevens presented representatives of Good Samaritan with a $25,000 check to mark the first of four such pledge payments.
Other speakers took to the podium, including Kellie Sites, president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce, Waconia City Administrator Susan Arntz, Waconia Mayor Jim Nash, and David J. Horazdovsky, the Good Samaritan Society President and CEO.
Following a “Blessing of the Earth” by Campus Chaplain Helmar Heckel and Susan Raper, Good Samaritan Society Director of Operations, Eastern Minnesota / Wisconsin, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held featuring many of the officials who were in attendance. An indoor reception followed the ceremony, which was videotaped so residents who did not attend in person could watch it at a later time.
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