2013-03-07 / Top News

Strasburg Care Center purchases new transport van for residents

By Terri Lang


Strasburg Care Center Administrator Brian Schumacher and Transport Van Driver Joe Olheiser said the residents at SCC will enjoy the new transport van for their various trips. Strasburg Care Center Administrator Brian Schumacher and Transport Van Driver Joe Olheiser said the residents at SCC will enjoy the new transport van for their various trips. Strasburg Care Center (SCC) Administrator Brian Schumacher said the 11-yearold transport van was not reliable enough for the longer trips they make for their residents.

“The van is primarily used for medical appointments to Linton and Bismarck, but we have also traveled to Fargo for specialist needs,” Schumacher said.

In addition to medical trips, SCC has used the van for various activities such as viewing Christmas lights, trips through parades, scenic trips in the country and taking residents to Memorial Day and church events and Senior Olympics in Wishek.

“It gets used a lot,” Schumacher said. “The 2002 van had 212,000 miles on it.”

They were able to sell the 2002 van to theAshley Medical Center (AMC), as they did not own a van. AMC was using South Central Transit and felt they needed an alternative for local trips. SCC also utilizes South Central Transit, but because SCC does not have a hospital in town like other nursing homes in the area, they have needed the flexibility to travel almost daily on a variety of trips.


Joe Olheiser said the 2013 transport van provides a much better ride than the 2002 model they had previously. Joe Olheiser said the 2013 transport van provides a much better ride than the 2002 model they had previously. “There are times we have both our van and South Central Transit out at the same time,” Schumacher said. “Our trips to Bismarck are with our van as it allows for shorter and quicker trips for our residents as South Central Transit spends a whole day up there.”

Schumacher said SCC took out a loan for the majority of the funding needed to purchase the van.

”We did not want to have to limit our operating cash flow,” he said.


The 15-passenger 2013 Ford E450 transport van has the basic needs to accommodate residents for rides to appointments and activities. The 15-passenger 2013 Ford E450 transport van has the basic needs to accommodate residents for rides to appointments and activities. The cost of the 2013 Ford E450, 15-passenger van was $54,357, which included the tape striping. SCC also received a $500 grant through the BEK Common Cents program.

Schumacher said it has no extra frills, just the basics they need to accommodate their residents for rides to appointments and activities.

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