Eureka residents raise $2M in six months for brand new hospital

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

EUREKA, S.D. The only acute care facility in McPherson County is getting a complete makeover. Residents in Eureka raised around $2 million in just six months to fund the project.

The current Eureka hospital is a three-story building built back in 1929.

"So when the ambulance comes up, they pull up on the basement level, have to go through several hallways around to the elevator and then go up to the second floor, go down some hallways some more to the ER so it's a long trip," Eureka Community Health Services Avera Administrator Carmen Weber said.

The new facility has been in the works for a long time.

"We've been talking about this for like I said up to 12 years we've been looking at this," Eureka Hospital Board President Wayne Lutz said.

A capital campaign committee was formed a few years ago. Members of the committee were picked because they were known to be responsible and well-respected by the community. The committee then went through a list of names.

"We chose 10 people maybe who we were going to approach individually and ask for some monetary donations and contributions to the hospital," Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair Nina Kunz said.

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