Scandi Haven Village groundbreaking set for April 4

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Ground will be broken next Wednesday for construction of a new assisted living-memory care facility next to Swift County-Benson Health Services. It should be open for business by February 2019.

Swift County-Benson Health Services (SCBHS) will break ground Wednesday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. for its new assisted living and memory care facility.

To be constructed just south of Scofield Place and east of the clinic and hospital, Scandi Haven Village will be a 46-unit assisted living facility with 18 units dedicated to memory care.

“Scandi describes the new facility’s style and function,” a description of how the name came about states. It refers to the Scandinavian design both inside and out. “It references the bright, clean-and-simple, Scandinavian style of the building’s interior. Haven was combined with Scandi to describe a place of refuge; a place to rest and relax. Village suggests that not only does it take a village to raise a child but that same village is responsible to take care for our aging family members who care for us.”

There was some thought behind the naming of the facility with four different names provided by Backstreet Media in Benson as it worked on a theme that would fit the facility, SCBHS CEO Kurt Waldbillig said.

Scofield Place, which is just east of SCBHS and offers independent and assisted living services to residents, will keep its name. However, the new addition and Scofield wing will be referred to as Scandi Haven Village as a whole, Waldbillig said. The new wing being added may be named after Robert Sonsteng, whose foundation has provided considerable financial backing for the project.

April 9 work will start on storm sewer improvements on the north side of SCBHS near Wisconsin Avenue. The work will affect parking in the area until the work is complete. The surface will then be packed so that parking on that side of the building can resume.

April 23 the parking lot for the clinic and hospital on the south side along McKinney Avenue will be closed as construction gets underway. A fence will be placed around the area.

All people coming to SCBHS for clinic services, physical therapy, specialty services, and health service appointments will enter through the north door reception entry. That entry will be used for the 10 months the project is underway, Waldbillig said.

There will be volunteers at the north entry to help people needing wheelchairs get to their appointments and give directions. Signage is also being made to direct people.

Patients will be able to park in the parking lots on the north side of SCBHS.

Letters are going out to all the neighbors around SCBHS telling them that there will be people parking on the side streets.

It is hoped that by September the walls will be up and the roof on the facility. The first occupants should be able to move in by February 2019....

 

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Pictured: Ground will be broken next Wednesday for construction of a new assisted living-memory care facility next to Swift County-Benson Health Services. It should be open for business by February 2019.

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