Edgebrook Care Center: A community asset
EDGERTON — Edgebrook Care Center has been a focal point in the Edgerton community and surrounding area for more than 40 years.
“In 1968, the community saw a great need for a senior care center in Edgerton,” explained Philip Samuelson, administrator for Edgebrook Care Center. “We’re a community-owned, non-profit Christian care center, but we still have a board of directors who are from not only Edgerton, but from the surrounding area as well, so we get the entire area’s perspective on what should be done.”
In 1992, a management agreement was established with the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.
“We both have similar missions — to care for those in need,” explained Samuelson. ”We were looking for a partnership due to the change in the health care environment.”
“Regulations were changing, and they weren’t the same as they were in 1968,” he added. “So, we also partnered with the Good Samaritan Society because they helped with the new rules, regulations and paperwork that came with that.”
Edgebrook Care Center was facing re-certification as well as being newly certified in some areas.
“We had to go through the process of certifying our campus for Medicare and Medicaid, which we never had to in 1968, so we definitely needed assistance in that process because it was completely new,” Samuelson said.
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is the largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services in the U.S.
With the partnership in full swing, what started out as a 61-bed nursing facility has now grown into a campus of 56 beds, 21 senior apartments and 16 assisted-living units for seniors.
“We closed down some of the rooms to expand and make private rooms available for patients,” Samuelson explained. “That’s why there’s a little bit of a decrease from 61 to 56 beds.”
In addition to being able to house almost 100 patients, Edgebrook Care Center employs more than 120 people.
“I think Edgebrook Care Center definitely brings significant jobs to the community, and it draws people in from all over,” Samuelson said.
Edgebrook Care Center not only houses patients, but provides meals to patients from Meals on Wheels. For assisted-living seniors, the local grocery store does make deliveries.
“That’s what’s great about this town, everything is very close by, and it’s no problem for either some of our patients to go out and run errands by themselves, or to have the local pharmacy and grocery store make a delivery,” Samuelson said.
Edgebrook Care Center also has a Medicare- and Medicaid-certified rehab facility, where patients can stay for a few days to recover from any kind of surgery they had.
Samuelson said this is a great asset to the care center.
“I think when patients are recovering from surgery they still want to feel like they’re at home, and if people are able to recover in the town they are from, I think that definitely helps the healing process,” he explained. “Our in- and outpatient therapy is great; people can either stay for a couple days and recover or stop by every week for outpatient therapy.”
Samuelson also said seniors who are living at Edgebrook Care Center or are in long-term recovery bring in visitors, which only helps the Edgerton community and surrounding areas.
“When people come in to visit loved ones, that really helps our downtown businesses,” he said. “People may go get groceries at the store or eat at some of our restaurants. Edgebrook Care Center, I think, brings a lot of business into the community.”
The Edgebrook Care Center also offers a variety of activities for seniors living on campus.
“We try and have as much activities as possible; it could anything from playing cards, movie nights and sometimes even having musical acts come in,” Samuelson explained.
The Edgebrook Care Center is always looking for volunteers and donations to help with improving the building and to keep the activities going on campus.
“We still are a community-run organization, and even if someone just donates a couple hours of their time, it helps,” Samuelson said. “This is a great place for the community, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
For more information on the Edgebrook Care Center, call (507) 442-7121.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.