The weather was pleasant but cool this past Sunday as Granite Falls Hospital and Manor staff and administration were joined by community members and project contractors in welcoming in the completion of the new Granite Manor. Spacious, well appointed and overflowing with amenities, the drastic change in atmosphere gives the new Manor a feel more atune to a luxury hotel than the former facility it replaces.

The weather was pleasant but cool this past Sunday as Granite Falls Hospital and Manor staff and administration were joined by community members and project contractors in welcoming in the completion of the new Granite Manor. Spacious, well appointed and overflowing with amenities, the drastic change in atmosphere gives the new Manor a feel more atune to a luxury hotel than the former facility it replaces.

Outgoing Granite Falls Hospital and Manor CEO and General Manager George Gerlach brandished a giant scissor to cut a red ribbon during a quick ceremony  signifying the opening of the facility before shuffling attendees inside to the Manor Celebration Room where an overflow crowd listened to a string of speakers.

A short  program provided an opportunity for Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski, Hospital Board Chair LaVonne Koenen, Vice-Chair Mark Jensen, retired physician Ken Carter as well as retiring hospital CEO George Gerlach and new hospital CEO Tom Kooiman, to reflect on the project.

Koenen and Gerlach both recognized a long list of project collaborators that ranged from the federal USDA Rural Development Program to project contractors and community individuals, while Kooiman indicated his appreciation for all the recent ground work as he prepares to make the leadership transition.

Jensen and Carter reflected on end of life care experiences they dealt with in regard to both of their parents, speaking to the importance of providing high quality amenities and facilities that allow individuals to have the happiest, most dignified end of life available to them. Additionally, Doctor Carter noted that the next thing the community needs is an Assisted Living Facility.

Opening the program was Mayor Smiglewski, who summed the community’s reception of the new facility commenting, “This is a very proud day for Granite Falls. The new Granite Manor will serve the community for years to come, it is a testament to the hard work, dedication and compassion of both the hospital staff and community at large.’

Financed through USDA Rural Development, the project replaces original structures that date back to 1948 and 1959. That 57-bed nursing home was deemed “obsolete” in two separate facility studies that were implemented in 2002 and 2011.
The $11.8 million project was designed by Tremain Architects and Planning, of St. Paul while Kraus-Anderson Construc-tion was in charge of erecting the 48,000 square foot, 48-bed Manor facility. Located adjacent to Granite Ridge Place on the east side of town on an 8.1 acre plot of land, roughly $1.5 million of project costs stem from new street and utilities developments to the site on East Jordan Drive.
Additionally, a community leadership committee worked tirelessly to raise $1.824 million of a $2 million goal from area residents to support additional site amenities from landscaping to art work.

The move in date for Manor residents is expected to occur prior to the Christmas holiday and serve the community for 40 years.