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Good Samaritan completes deal for former golf course property

Posted: December 20, 2013 - 9:42pm

Good Samaritan Society has completed a deal to purchase the former Pine Meadows Golf Course in Baxter.

There will be a new campus on the former golf course property, according to Mike Deuth, executive director of the Good Samaritan Society-Communities of Brainerd and Pine River, but the nature of that campus will be decided in part through a visioning process that was announced Friday. Deuth said the visioning process should help Good Samaritan decide how it can meet its mission with the resources it has.

In Friday’s announcement, Good Samaritan officials said they’re partnering with Baxter-based Nor-Son to develop the vision for the future of the new campus as well as the evolution of services at the Bethany and Woodland campuses in Brainerd. Community members may join the conversation and planning process by participating in an online community Vision Survey.

In October, when news of the purchase agreement was announced, Deuth said the society is continually looking for opportunities for growth in areas support of senior services development. He said in October the land purchase was related to possible expansion of services, but couldn’t provide any details.

“We are excited to become the guardians of this great piece of land and are now looking to understand what the community wants,” Deuth said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for all of us to shape our future together, not just as seniors, but as neighbors and community. We want those who live here to be part of the process in building this vision.”

The online Vision Survey will be available to the public on the Good Samaritan Society — Communities of Brainerd and Pine River website at http://www.good-sam.com/brainerdlakes or at www.nor-son.com/gssvisionsurvey from Dec. 21 through Jan. 20. Following completion of the survey, participants will have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of five possible $100 prizes.

After receiving community opinion through the Vision Survey, Good Samaritan Society will continue to work with Nor-Son and a small, community-based, core planning team to further develop the strategy and vision.

Good Samaritan Society–Communities of Brainerd and Pine River is owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. The Good Samaritan Society is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services, with more than 240 care and rehabilitation centers, senior living communities, and home care agencies across the country.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or mike.orourke@brainerddispatch.com. He may be followed at www.twitter.com/MikeORourkenews.