Good Samaritan breaks new ground in offering services

Thursday, September 29, 2005
Due to rainy weather, the groundbreaking ceremony for Good Samaritan Village of Le Mars was held indoors. (L-R) Plymouth County Supervisor John Schneider, Iowa State Senator Dave Mulder, Supervisor Paul Sitzmann, State Rep. Chuck Soderberg, Le Mars City Council member Mark Miller, and Le Mars mayor Virgil Van Beek were in attendance. (Sentinel photo by Earl Horlyk)

Rainy weather may have kept everybody inside but that did little to dampen the spirits of those in attendance as Good Samaritan Village of Le Mars broke ground Wednesday to three additional services being offered on its campus.

The new addition, added to the south side of the existing building located at 1140 Lincoln Street, N.E., includes: Cottage Center, offering specialized care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia disorders; a Therapy Center, which offers out-patient therapy, for short-term stay residents once they returned to their homes; and a Wellness Center, which offers seniors a program that offers seniors a program that includes regular assessments in monitoring their progress.

Good Samaritan of Le Mars will continue to offer nursing care through its Brentwood Center. The campus is also the home to an education center offering on-site and distance learning through a network.

"We are very grateful for the many people who have instrumental in making our dreams come true," says administrator Corinne Herdina. "because it sometimes take a village to create a village."

Construction of the addition was financed through a $413,000 Community Block Development Grant.

The CBDG application was processed through an agreement with Plymouth County and was assisted by Patty Anderson of Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO).

"Good Samaritan Village will be looked at closely by other entities as a way for facilities to expand their services and how governmental bodies can work together," SIMPCO's Anderson says.

Le Mars City council member Mark Miller regards Good Samaritan's expansion as another example of "the county's and the city's commitment to improve the quality of life of its citizens."

Reflecting upon Brentwood's over 45-year commitment to health care in the community, Le Mars mayor Virgil Van Beek calls the facility "a tremendous asset to the community."

"In the spirit of the Good Samaritan, thank you for not passing us by on the other side," Van Beek concluded.

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