Where are we located?
St. Gerard's is located in Hankinson,
North Dakota, a convenient 3 miles
west of I-29 at the intersection of
ND Hwy. 11 and 1st Avenue SW.
"To serve the
PHILOSOPHY OF ST. GERARD'S COMMUNITY OF CARE:
The PURPOSE of this Catholic nursing home, St. Gerard's Community of Care, is to create an environment of living and sharing the GOSPEL MESSAGE for the well being of the spiritual and physical, the psychological, social and emotional needs of the elderly and the community we serve, in accordance with the ETHICAL, MORAL AND RELIGIOUS DIRECTIVES for Catholic health care facilities as promulgated by the United States Catholic Conference and the local Bishop.
WE BELIEVE that the God-given rights and dignity of the whole person be protected from the moment of conception throughout life and until natural death.
WE BELIEVE in the values and principles inherent in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Facilities as promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
WE BELIEVE that St. Gerard's Community of Care is an integral part of the work of the Church. As such, it is an extension of Christ's mission of mercy. In serving the elderly, we serve Christ in a special way.
WE BELIEVE that in recognizing each individual's unique composition of body and soul, St. Gerard's Community of Care will endeavor to create an environment of living and sharing the GOSPEL MESSAGE for the well being of the spiritual and physical, the psychological, social and emotional needs of the elderly and the community we serve.
WE BELIEVE that our Franciscan Spirit of simplicity and service makes a unique contribution to the care of the elderly we serve regardless of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, financial status, physical or mental handicap, or status with respect to marriage, public assistance or veteran status.
WE BELIEVE that in order to serve the needs of the people in the community, we must be sensitive and responsive to the changing needs of the elderly of that same community, within in our financial resources and personal capabilities.
WE BELIEVE that continuing education programs are necessary to enhance the competence of personnel in the nursing home, as well as to assist in the attainment of both personal and organizational goals.
WE BELIEVE the St. Gerard's Community of Care has the obligation to demand from all persons in its organization an accountability for performance, including adherence to the professional and institutional standards, and to its ethical and moral principles, and conduct in accord with respect for the dignity of each person.
Owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Gerard's offers a cheerful 37-bed skilled nursing home, an independent living wing, child care services and a preschool program, located in the lovely rural setting of Hankinson, ND, where residents, family and staff are well known to one another. Every new face at St. Gerard's quickly becomes a part of our family.
St. Gerard's is a vital part of the Hankinson community as well as the surrounding areas, with a staff of over 70 full-time and part-time employees.
Our residents and families find it comforting that we offer a strong spiritual services program with a resident Chaplain available. There is a daily Catholic mass as well as regular services for other denominations in the facility.
Our quality of service is shown consistently with positive results on both Federal and State level surveys. St. Gerard's has also consistently maintained a 5 out of 5-star rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
We offer a full range of Therapies in house and many come here after hospitalization to regain their physical strength and get back to daily living. St. Gerard's provides a professional level of skilled care, both short-term and long-term. We offer a Certified Nurse Assistant training program at our facility, as well as many other educational opportunities.
Why was St. Gerard’s named "St. Gerard’s"?
St. Gerard’s Community of Care was named in 1952 in honor of Msgr. Gerard Bierens, then pastor of St. Philip’s Parish, and for St. Gerard Majella, the patron of expectant mothers. In those years Hankinson had no nearby hospital and many families were growing. Fargo’s Bishop Leo Dworshak asked the Sisters to begin and staff a hospital for these families.
St. Gerard was born at Muro, Italy, in 1726 and joined the Redemptorists at the age of 23, becoming a professed lay brother in 1752. His charity, obedience, and selfless service as well as his ceaseless mortification for Christ, made him the perfect model of lay brothers. He was afflicted with tuberculosis and died in 1755 at the age of twenty-nine. This great saint is invoked as a patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his prayers for a woman in labor.