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A higher quality of life for those who built the community

Eventide’s new skilled care project building momentum to reach campaign goal at year’s end

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Eventide booth at Market in the Park September 28, 2019

People donated items to Eventide for a fundraiser conducted by staff at Market in the Park in Denison on Saturday. The fundraiser is for Eventide’s building projects. Photo by Gordon Wolf

Eventide’s vision for a new facility is to offer a higher quality of life and a higher continuity of care to those who have invested their lives in the community and now need skilled nursing care

The new facility will be constructed on the former Crawford County Memorial Hospital site along South 20th Street, just north of Eventide’s campus.

Currently, Eventide’s “Grow Bold With Us” $3 million capital campaign, launched in April, has raised $2,750,000 in cash and pledges.

The goal is to have the entire $3 million, or more, raised by the end of the year, said Mindi Baker, Eventide Campus CEO.

The estimated cost of the project is $15.5 million. A USDA loan and bank financing will be secured to complete the financing.

The target for the Eventide project is to break ground in April 2020 and to have the building ready for occupancy in July 2021.

Donations of all amounts will be appreciated to reach the $3 million goal, said Christine Kragel, Eventide’s community relations director.

Eventide is offering a number of ways for individuals, families and businesses to lend their support and help create a legacy of higher quality of care.

Among the opportunities will be the December 15 “Believe Gala” at the Stables at Copper Ridge in Denison.

Sponsorships of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 are available, each with its own level of recognition.

Table sponsorships for $1,000 are also available, and sponsorships can be customized.

More information is available from Kragel by calling 712-263-3114 extension 240 or by emailing

When it was constructed 56 years ago, Eventide’s skilled nursing facility was the standard of the popular model of care, described as an institutional medical model. Over half the rooms are shared rooms with shared showers and bathrooms. The facility has long corridors and very centralized space.

What people need and demand in skilled nursing care has changed. Eventide has stepped up with its plans for a residential model of care.

The new skilled nursing facility will be composed of four households. Each household will be similar to a residential home with bedrooms (with private bathrooms) that open out to a household kitchen, living room and dining room. Each household will have a laundry room and a private courtyard.

The model of living space means shorter distances to walk in the household and greater resident dignity and privacy.

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The majority of the bedrooms will be private.

Companion rooms will have a different floor plan and be much larger than the double rooms that are in the existing Eventide skill nursing building.

The households will connect to “Main Street,” an area that will offer services similar to those that can be found in any downtown. Services along “Main Street” will include a therapy gym, beauty salon, library, lounge areas and a snack bar.

The activity center along “Main Street,” will be where residents can attend church, watch a movie and see live entertainment. A donor wall display will be found on Main Street recognizing donors contributing $2,500 or more.

The residential style will allow Eventide to launch a new resident-directed staffing model. Residents, families and Eventide staff will be able to make decisions at the level closest to the issues.

In addition, staff will be cross-trained to provide for many of the residents’ needs, and will, in effect, serve as “hosts.”

Baker said that Eventide’s employees have lent their support to the project and that the Eventide Board is 100 percent behind the project.

The Eventide Foundation has pledged $1 million to the campaign.

Donations have also come from former Denison and Crawford County residents and others who have ties to the community or Eventide.

A generous $1 million legacy gift was given by Nix Lauridsen in honor of his parents, Frances and Wally Lauridsen. The building will be named in their memory. The Lauridsen family formerly lived in Denison and is the owner of APC and Boyer Valley, located adjacent to each other southwest of Denison along Highway 30.

A number of naming rights remain available – for the wellness gym, resident households, courtyards, beauty salon, clinician’s examination room and private family dining rooms.

Eventide is the only local, non-profit continuum of care community and has been serving the area for over 56 years.

“According to the Kaiser foundation, the number of people in the United States age 65 and older is forecast to double by 2060. Its research found that 1 in 3 people turning 65 will need nursing home care at some point” said Baker. “That means some member of your family will need that level of care at some point in their life.”

Kragel added, “We should not forget those who planted the roots for us and now need skilled nursing care.”

Baker said the higher quality of life offered in Eventide’s new household model will make the transition to skilled nursing care easier for the resident and the family and will make the residents feel more comfortable.

“This really is a community project. Eventide is a nonprofit organization lead by the local Chamber & Development Council (CDC) of Crawford County and area Lutheran Churches. We just ask the community to take a moment and consider making a tax deductible donation to support the seniors in our community” said Baker.

For more information on the project, or donor options, visit or call Christine Kragel, at (712) 263-3114, ext. 240.


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