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History of Badger Prairie Health Care Center

A facility has been located on the current property since 1854 when Dane County purchased 160 acres for a “poor farm.” A log house and later a stone building were constructed to serve both poor and mentally disabled. In the 1860s, Civil War orphans and widows were admitted. In the 1880s, the facility became part of the county hospital system which was developed to provide long-term care for people discharged from the state hospital system. In 1883, an Asylum building was erected to separate the poor from the disabled and in 1896 a leper house was built to care for Norwegian immigrants with leprosy.

In 1897, the county home got its 1st telephone and in 1900 a train connected the Asylum and home to downtown Madison. Additions were made to the Asylum in 1910, 1918, 1924 and 1960 with a final capacity of 460 residents. In 1953, a nursing home named Dane County Home West was built to house the 70 residents still living in the “old home” which was then torn down. The Asylum was renamed Dane County Home East. The 1971 population of Dane County Home East was 390. In 1974, public funding for county mental hospitals decreased and funding was transitioned to Title 19. In 1984, residents were no longer housed in the oldest parts of the old Asylum building and the maximum capacity of Home East became 184. In 1985, the County Board changed the name of Home East to Badger Prairie Health Care Center and made plans to close Home West. Home West was closed in 1985.

Since that time the population of Badger Prairie Health Care Center has gradually decreased as increasing emphasis has been placed on serving Dane County residents with disabilities in community settings. Currently Badger Prairie Health Care Center is licensed as a skilled nursing facility with a total capacity of 120 residents. The old Home East building was razed in 2011 after Dane County built a new state of the art building to house the residents of Badger Prairie Health Care Center.

Mission Statement:

Badger Prairie Health Care Center provides individualized care for residents and their families with compassion and professionalism.

Vision Statement:

Badger Prairie Health Care Center will be the location of choice for persons seeking individualized high-quality care in a home-like environment.

Values Statement:

  • All people have value.
  • Everyone we serve will be treated with respect, dignity and confidentiality.
  • We promote people's abilities, as well as assisting with disabilities.
  • We support individual end-of-life decisions.
  • We promote a continuum of care that supports the least restrictive setting possible.
  • We provide a work environment for staff that is personally and professionally rewarding and promotes professional growth, continuous quality improvement and team development.
  • We recognize the professional skill of all staff, and encourage every staff person to assume responsibility for outstanding customer service.
  • We meet and exceed regulatory expectations.
  • We are dedicated public servants and responsible and accountable stewards of public funds.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Services provided by the Badger Prairie Health Care Center are subject to a number of provisions to protect the confidentiality and privacy of customers or others who may have contact with us. Copies of our Medical Privacy Notice, which outlines how medical information about you may be used and disclosed by our department, are available below.

Badger Prairie Health Care Center Privacy Notice – English 

This notice is specific to the Badger Prairie Health Care Center. There is another general notice applicable to the rest of the Department.


You are invited to discover all that Badger Prairie Health Care Center has to offer. We believe our residents deserve the very best, and that is what our staff strives to deliver at every level, with every interaction, every single day.

It is the philosophy of Badger Prairie Health Care Center to treat each resident with honor and respect. The needs of the residents are served with dedication and care in an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness.