St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center began in 1955 as a dream of a few men from Frost, Mn, led by Dr. Lewis Hanson. They saw the need for a retirement home in the Blue Earth area. After six or seven years of hard work promoting and sharing their dream they were able to raise $60,000 which enabled them to borrow enough money to build the first 60 bed home. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on Sunday, December 31, 1961. The original building opened on April 15,1963. A Board of Directors composed of 12 congregations of the American Lutheran Church and one Lutheran Church in America congregation was responsible for formulating the policies of St. Luke's.
In 1969 there was the need to add another 36 rooms to meet the needs of 62 additional residents. At that time, four congregations from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod joined the St. Luke's corporation board. Again, six years later, a final addition was made to the main building providing room for 58 more residents.
Over the years, St. Luke's has continued to expand services and options to meet the needs of the south central Minnesota and northern Iowa areas. Today, St. Luke's provides a continuum of care for our community with the addition of two independent living complexes (Southview Estates and New Life Manor) and a 28 unit assisted living building (Friendship Court).
St. Luke's offers a wide variety of services that include Physical/Occupational and Speech therapy, Social Services, Therapeutic Recreation, and a Dietary department that works to meet the unique, individual dietary needs and preferences of each resident. A part time, on-site chaplain, in coordination with local clergy, provides spiritual and end-of life care for residents, family and staff. A coffee and gift shop is open daily. Barber and beauty shop services are also available.
A staff of 200 full and part time employees provide a "ministry of gentle service" for our residents and their families in a clean, air conditioned, smoke free, home-like atmosphere every day.