Skilled Nursing Facility​

Sacred Heart Hospice first opened its doors as a home for the aged in June, 1964. The name “Hospice” was chosen to reflect its meaning as “a place where weary travelers may rest.” The construction of the facility was made possible through a large bequest from Fred Dugan, a former Hormel treasurer, who saw a need in Austin for a retirement home that would offer beauty, purpose, and dignity to the lives of its residents, as well as quality health care services. Today our skilled nursing facility, serving 59 residents, continues in that tradition.

In 1983 and 1984, Sacred Heart’s services were expanded to include an Adult Day Program. April, 1991, brought the opening of an additional Adult Day Program, specializing in services for clients who have been diagnosed with dementia-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Assisted Living and Adult Day Program..

As demand grew for elderly housing with supportive services, Sacred Heart responded by completing a major addition to the existing facility. The Sacred Heart Assisted Living Apartments opened in April, 1997. These 26 units offer the privacy of individual apartments with the convenience of fully prepared meals; assistance in laundry, housekeeping, and personal cares; and 24-hour staffing.

With the term “hospice” becoming almost synonymous with programs for the terminally ill, our name was changed in 1997 to Sacred Heart Care Center, Inc. to better reflect the nature of our services.

Sacred Heart Care Center, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation associated with Austin’s three Catholic parishes. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, which is committed to continued growth to meet the changing healthcare needs of the Austin community. Sacred Heart Care Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap or any other protected class in regard to any service provided by the facility.

Continue the ministry of Christ by providing comprehensive health care that encompasses the spiritual, physical, social, mental, and emotional needs of the residents and clients it services.

This will be achieved through the employment of competent staff, maintenance of facilities, and efficient use of resources.

This corporation will operate in conformity with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, in the Franciscan spirit of simplicity, and with a special concern for the elderly, disabled, and unwell.

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