Eureka opening new health care facility after 90 years

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EUREKA, S.D. (KSFY) - This week, the community of Eureka is opening the doors to a brand new health care center.

"There's a lot of support in the community for the facility," said Dr. Susan Ostrowski.

Building the new center has been a priority for the town for years, but one thing was preventing it from happening.

"All of these people wanted the community to raise $1 million," Ostrowski said.

For a small community, coming up with that amount of money isn't easy. But, they pulled together and came up with well more than the one million needed.

"Well, actually they raised over two million in six months," said Ostrowski.

The old facility has been used for the past 90 years. The first patient was admitted in March of 1929.

Doctor Susan Ostrowski was born in the hospital. She's also worked there for the past 41 years.

"So I was born and raised here, graduated from high school here," Ostrowski said.

She left Eureka to earn her degree before coming back to work with her father.

"I actually practiced with my dad for 10 years before he retired," said Ostrowski.

For the first time in 41 years, Dr. Ostrowski will be working in a new facility. She's excited for her and her patients, to be in a modern, updated building.

"For me as a provider its easier to take care of them," she said.

The entire town of Eureka is excited about the new place, and watching their hard work become a reality.

"The community has been behind us 100 percent, so it's just been really exciting," said Administrator Carmen Weber.

The facility will now be able to service many of the people they previously referred to Avera St. Luke's in Aberdeen.