The History of Westhills Village

Non-Profit Life Planning Retirement Community in Rapid City since 1984

Recognizing the need for a middle income retirement option for this area, a volunteer Board of Directors invested its time and passion into founding a non-profit life planning retirement community that would serve the needs of seniors in the Rapid City area.

Thanks to their vision and determination, construction started on Westhills Village in 1983.  In August 1984, the first Apartments were completed, and in December of that year Westhills Village Health Care Facility opened with accommodations for 44 residents.

In 1992, Westhills Village Home Health Agency, offering in-home skilled nursing and therapy services, was founded.  In 1995, Westhills South Assisted Living opened with 15 suites; 16 more opened in 1997 bringing the total number of suites to 31.

Occupational, speech, and physical therapy became available on-site in 1996 when Westhills Village Therapy Services opened. Clarkson Mountain View Health Care Facility, a skilled nursing facility with accommodations for 52 residents located in West Rapid City, was purchased in 2000.

In 2005, an expansion and redesign began on Westhills Village Health Care Facility.  With the completion of this project, Westhills Village Health Care became one of the premier health care facilities in the State of South Dakota.

Because the board saw the need for additional options in retirement living, construction began on the first 24 Villas at Westhills in May 2003, and on another nine in Fall 2006, bringing the number of Villas to the present total of 33.

In the fall of 2008 Westhills Village Clarkson Health Care began a construction project to continue a legacy of innovation founded by the Clarkson Family. Over the next 18 -24 months Clarkson Health Care was completely reconstructed from the ground up, showcasing larger and more spacious resident suites within a neighborhood concept. Additionally, a state-of-the-art therapy gym was created to assist rehabilitating residents in maximizing their full potential to return home. The capital project was an investment of 7 million dollars.

In July of 2010, Westhills Village embarked on a major overhaul of its upper and lower Commons Areas.  This monumental project improved not only the look and feel of the facility, but also added a swimming pool, expanded fitness center, game room, and theater.  The Dining Room, Pantry, Woodshop, and office areas were also re-worked; a new front entrance with covered canopy completed the list of improvements.  The project was completed in May 2013 and Westhills Village once again proved its commitment to lifestyle quality and staying current with the needs of retirees both today and into the future.

In August of 2012, Westhills Village added 11 new apartments to the main campus, incorporating the latest in senior design and layout.  The newly constructed apartments were completed in July of 2013 and fully occupied immediately upon completion.

In January of 2014, renovation of the two original wings in the Health Care facility began. Each suite underwent total remodeling and replacement of the heating and cooling system.  The upgrade resulted in individual heat and air conditioning control in each suite along with new paint, carpet, bathroom fixtures, and finishes.

Construction began on The Courtyard Assisted Living Facility in the Spring of 2017.  Upon completion in early Summer 2018, The Courtyard will have 44 assisted living apartments and will feature a dining room, activity area, therapy space, and even more amenities for residents!  The Courtyard will be a perfect addition to the Westhills Village campus, providing assisted living options to our residents while remaining connected to the independent living apartments. 

Our Home Care Agency has been providing in-home nursing, homemaking, and errand services to Westhills Residents as well as community members for over two decades.  With these services, individuals are able to live comfortably at home for longer periods before needing assisted living or skilled nursing care.

The growth at Westhills Village is credited largely to its visionary Board of Directors.  Today's Board of Directors is composed of successful business people and civic leaders who give of their time, energy, and expertise to continue the mission set forth by the original board: to provide a better quality of life for people wishing to retire in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The only highly rated life planning retirement community in Western South Dakota, Westhills Village has surpassed the original vision from its inception over 30 years ago and offers not just a beautiful retirement community with an exciting lifestyle, but peace of mind for its many Residents and their families.

Westhills Vision

1980

In 1980 a vision was formed for a continuing care retirement community in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

Rendering

1980

The original architectural rendering and vision of Westhills Village was unveiled before construction began in 1980.

WHV Model

1983

This model helped the Board of Directors and members of the community conceptualize the layout of our buildings as we began breaking ground.

Groundbreaking

1983

In 1983 ground was broken for the main building at Westhills Village. Present were the original Board of Directors: Ep Howe, Dr. Bruce Allen, Jay Brink, Dick Tobias, Milo Rypkema, Larry Owen, Glenn Barber, Helene Siekman, Otto Mueller, Earl Dailey & Dr. Reuben Bareis.

  • Westhills Vision

    1980

    In 1980 a vision was formed for a continuing care retirement community in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

  • Rendering

    1980

    The original architectural rendering and vision of Westhills Village was unveiled before construction began in 1980.

  • WHV Model

    1983

    This model helped the Board of Directors and members of the community conceptualize the layout of our buildings as we began breaking ground.

  • Groundbreaking

    1983

    In 1983 ground was broken for the main building at Westhills Village. Present were the original Board of Directors: Ep Howe, Dr. Bruce Allen, Jay Brink, Dick Tobias, Milo Rypkema, Larry Owen, Glenn Barber, Helene Siekman, Otto Mueller, Earl Dailey & Dr. Reuben Bareis.

Construction

1983

Apartment construction was in full swing in 1983 as the foundation and bones of the community began to come to life.

Marketing Office

1983

The original marketing office was a model home for future residents of
Westhills Village to tour and experience.

Ribbon Cutting

1984

In 1984 the first apartments opened, and the Health Care Facility was officially completed in December of that year.

Promotional

1989

This photo of a completed Westhills Village in 1989 was used in our marketing to begin to build our community of residents and supporters.

  • Construction

    1983

    Apartment construction was in full swing in 1983 as the foundation and bones of the community began to come to life.

  • Marketing Office

    1983

    The original marketing office was a model home for future residents of
    Westhills Village to tour and experience.

  • Ribbon Cutting

    1984

    In 1984 the first apartments opened, and the Health Care Facility was officially completed in December of that year.

  • Promotional

    1989

    This photo of a completed Westhills Village in 1989 was used in our marketing to begin to build our community of residents and supporters.