If you have a loved one rushed to the hospital and you live out of town the last thing you want to worry about is trying to get back and forth to the hospital to be with your loved one. That's exactly the reason the Avera Heart Hospital has a motel linked to them. Nancy Naeve Brown talked with a Northwest Iowa family who said the Prairie Heart Guest House was a God send during a very stressful time.
Delray Bredehoeft and his kids Todd and Kayla are so thankful for the convenience and affordability of the Prairie Heart Guest House which is not-for-profit motel built adjacent to the Avera Heart Hospital. The Spencer, Iowa family spent a week in Sioux Falls after the matriarch of the family, Jan, went into cardiac arrest while driving in Spencer and was airlifted here. While she recovered her family was constantly by her bedside.
Delray says, "It's been a roller coaster with a fantastic ending. It's a wonderful place."
The Bredehoefts live 2 hours from Sioux Falls and Delray says trying to find a motel was the last thing on their mind while Jan was fighting for her life. That's one of the very reasons why North Central Heart Dr. Paul Olson's wife Ann Olson set out to help get this built. She is the President of the Prairie Heart Guest House Board of Directors.
Ann Olson says, "When we opened it, it was centered around family and the need of family. When family is together you heal faster, you relax more."
Delray says, "If you are going through this, the people in the waiting room need to take care of themselves too and so being able to walk down and take a quick rest and then come back is tremendous."
Another amenity the Bredehoefts really appreciated was the laundry machines because you never know how long you are going to be here.
Delray says, "And the rooms are as good as any you'll find in Sioux Falls."
Ann Olson says, 'We know the winds blow out here so we wanted the guest house connected to the hospital to get in and out safety if there was a blizzard, or raining or if it was plain windy so they wouldn't get knocked out. So we linked one to the other and we have a full cafeteria so their needs are met. So yes, it does make a difference to patients in the hospital."
It makes a difference to the family too. When Delray, Kayla and Todd kiss Jan goodbye so she can rest, they know it's really "see you soon' because they are only a phone call and a few feet away.
The Prairie Heart Guest House also works great for out-of- town patients who have an early morning procedures and don't want to worry about driving to Sioux Falls very early the day of that procedure. Since it's a non-profit it's also very affordable under $50.