Western Horizons Care Center feeling new after more than $160,000 worth of renovations

PHOTO—Western Horizons Care Center Director Mark Prischmann stands in one of the newly renovated resident rooms at the facility. With the funding they received the facility was able to renovate 44 resident rooms along with other parts of the building. (Record Photo by Cole Benz)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor

After more than 14 months after the project started, the community finally got to see the end result of the ‘One Room At a Time Together’ campaign, supporting renovations and revitalizations of the Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger.

The original plan was to renovate 42 resident rooms, and they budgeted $144,000 for the project. But just as they did during the MRI campaign, the community came out in droves and overshot the initial goal by almost $20,000.

According to Mark Prischmann, Director of the care center, the campaign was able to raise over $160,000.

“We got over what we needed,” he said.

Because of the extra money, and operating the project under budget, the care center was able to renovate two more rooms, they renovated the therapy rooms and the laundry room and added a commercial washing machine.

Along with the added renovations, the individual rooms saw new flooring, bathroom fixtures including sinks and toilets. The money also went towards new curtains, bedspreads and updated lighting.

“I think it looks amazing,” Prischmann said. “It looks really nice, the residents really love it.”

Prishmann also said that the process went very well, something he was very satisfied with.

“It did go fairly smooth, I was really surprised,” Prischmann said. “We got everything we needed and we saved a lot of money by doing a lot of the money ourselves.”

The campaign was kicked off by a $25,000 donation from the West River Foundation.

“It was a great blessing from the Foundation,” he said. “I thank Ted [Uecker] and the Foundation for all the work they’ve done in helping to raise money for this campaign, it was really generous of them.”

Spearheaded by the West River Foundation and Foundation Director Ted Uecker, the community came out to support these improvements.

Uecker said the overall project goal was to get the facility too look and feel more like home. And after seeing the changes finally completed, he thinks they’ve accomplished their goal.

“This place has become a warmer, more family friendly-type place, and that’s what we wanted,” he said. “I’m really please with how things came together.”

Uecker credited Prischmann and his staff for coming in under budget. Prischmann also said that part of coming under budget was the hard work that his maintenance staff put into helping the project.

“We feel really good about these renovations…I hope that the families of these residents and the employees feel like this is a much warmer, more home-like place than it’s ever been,” Uecker said.

Prischamnn wanted to thank the Foundation for the work they put in to making the care center better for the residents and their families.

“Id just like to thank the Foundation and the community for their support,” he said. “Without them we could not have done this project done and completed.”

The work isn’t done either.

Along with some final paint jobs that need to be completed, the Beauty of Hettinger will be renovating the northwest patio area. The group previously worked on the northeast side, adding an overhang above the patio so the residents could go outside and be shaded from the sun or rain.