In 1962, Central Dakota Nursing Home was founded through the efforts of community members who saw a need for a facility to provide care for aging and disabled individuals in a Christian environment. For many years the facility was owned and operated by Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society of Fargo, North Dakota, later known as Lutheran Health Systems. With the construction of the Heritage Centre of Jamestown, a complex of apartments for older adults, on our campus in 1991, Central Dakota Nursing Home became Central Dakota Village (CDV). In the late 1990s, CDV and all other Lutheran Health Systems health care facilities in North Dakota became a part of Banner Health of Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2002, ownership of Central Dakota Village and four other Banner long-term care facilities in North Dakota was transferred to SMP Health System (SMPHS) with corporate offices in Fargo. A major renovation and addition was completed in 2004 and a chapel, transportation center, and hospice suite were added in 2013. In 2008, the name of the facility was changed to Ave Maria Village.
Today we continue to provide skilled long-term care and services to our residents. In addition, we have remodeled ten of our resident rooms to become short-term rehabilitation and transitional care suites. Following surgery or a hospital stay, individuals often need a longer period of recuperation and rehabilitation prior to returning to their own home or to a lesser level of care. Our team of skilled therapists and nursing staff provide a much-needed service to our local community and surrounding area.
We recently completed a beautiful addition to our facility which includes the Good Shepherd Chapel, the McCoy Family Suite, and the transportation center. All three components of this project have contributed significantly to our ability to meet the needs of our residents. The Good Shepherd Chapel offers a setting for religious services, events, and peaceful reflection. The McCoy Family Suite provides a quiet, private, and comfortable place for residents in the end stages of life to receive care and gather with their loved ones during this very sacred time. The transportation center offers residents the convenience of getting on and off our bus, local transit service, or a private vehicle in climate controlled comfort, no matter the weather conditions.
Health care is a continually changing field, and the future for Ave Maria Village will be as challenging as it is exciting. The next generation of residents and short-term rehabilitation patients will consist primarily of the “Baby Boomers”, whose wants, expectations, and demands will be much greater than our current residents, many of whom grew up during the hard times of the 1930s and World War II.
For the resident of the future, privacy will be paramount. Therefore, we must create additional private rooms through construction, remodeling, or a combination of both, in order to meet that demand. We will find ways to further enhance our food service and improve the dining experience, with greater variety and more choices as to foods and mealtimes. Technology will also be of utmost importance. We will need to obtain advanced electronics and technological devices as well as other specialized and adaptive equipment to meet our residents’ physical needs, while addressing their varied interests and social and recreational needs.
We will find new and different ways to deliver the care that the citizens of our area require to function as independently as possible and to enjoy a high quality of life.