They say that home is where the heart is. And there is LOTS of heart at the Heritage Centre of Jamestown. Family, friends, and neighbors, all coming together to enjoy life in a warm, congenial and comfortable setting. While living here may not be exactly the same as being in one’s home, the Heritage Centre can be the next best thing, especially for people who are still quite independent in some respects, but could use a little extra help and assistance in others.
Being managed under contract with, and located on the campus of, SMP Health - Ave Maria, a 100-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, brings many advantages which are expanded upon in other areas of our website. Ave Maria is a caring ministry of SMP Health System, under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, who have their convent at Maryvale, near Valley City, North Dakota. This arrangement makes available a number of services, activities, and opportunities which otherwise would not be accessible to Heritage Centre tenants.
SMP Health - Ave Maria was founded in 1962 as Central Dakota Nursing Home, a ministry of Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society, and was one of the first homes for the aged in the Jamestown area. It was, and still is, licensed for 100 skilled beds by the North Dakota Department of Health, and is certified for participation in the Medicare, Medicaid and VA programs. In recent years, SMP Health - Ave Maria has focused on a dual mission of providing short-term transitional nursing and therapies, and traditional long-term care. In 1991, the first phase of the Heritage Centre was built on land leased from SMP Health - Ave Maria, adjacent to the west side of the facility. This began a mutually beneficial relationship between the two entities which has only grown through the years.
The physical connection between the Heritage Centre and SMP Health - Ave Maria makes possible access to religious and recreational activities and events, beauty and barber services, food services including the Crossroads Cafe, skilled therapists, and other health professionals.