History

Bethany Life: A Brief History

1912

Plans Laid for a home for the aged and hospital for the sick. Officially named, “Central Iowa Lutheran Sanitarium and Home Association.”

1913

Groundbreaking Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

1914

Plans Laid for a home for the aged and hospital for the sick. Officially named, “Central Iowa Lutheran Sanitarium and Home Association.”

1921

New Leaders The Rev. and Mrs. K.K. Guttebo of Huxley were called as Superintendent and Matron.

1930

Adding On The chapel addition was built.

1947

Hospital Closed

1948

East Wing Addition Built Created 17 more rooms for residents, an apartment for the administrator, and six more rooms for workers.

1954

Infirmary Wing Added Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

1956

Home Built for Superintendent The home was located at 225 Lafayette Ave.

1963

Re-Organization 30 congregations of the Des Moines Conference of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) bonded together to form a corporation under the name Bethany Manor, Inc.

1967

Expanding The nursing care wing was completed.

1967

Volunteer Program Beings Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

1975

Addition and Renovations Total cost 2.7 million, 129 beds, a new kitchen, dining room, administration office, lobby, lounge, boiler and laundry room were added in an effort to meet State of Iowa and Federal standards.

1977

Construction Complete Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

1980

Cedar Place Built Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

1988

Superintendent Home Sold The superintendent, or administrator, now have their own homes.

1990

More Construction Construction completed: East Wing, Chapel, Dining Room expansion. The East wing provides care to those with advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

2001

North Wing (CCDI) dedicated Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

2002

Timberland Village Opens Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

2002

Timberland Village Opens Construction for the 40-room brick and stone facility begun.

2005

Cedar Place Affordable Assisted Living Remodel complete – September 2005

2008

Bethany Manor Floods The incredible flooding almost forced the building to evacuate. Luckily a single fire door they had installed six weeks earlier held the water back enough to keep that from happening. Clean up cost $50,000.

2009

Twin Homes Built Six duplexes, a walking trail, and a pond were added next to Timberland Village.

2010

More Flooding The hundred year flood struck again after only two years. This time clean up costs totaled $10,000. Measures were then put into place to prevent any further damage from flooding.

2012

Construction Begins on C Wing C Wing will be the third memory care unit at Bethany Manor. It is being constructed to look and feel like a “neighborhood.”

2012

Downtown offices open – March 2012

2014

Official 100th anniversary date – June 30, 2014

2014

Construction Begins (meaning the large project) – August 2014

2015

LifeBridge Transitional Care Opens – June 2015

2015

Walker Place Opens – July 2015

2015

Julia’s Place Opens – (most recent remodel) – September 2015

2016

Main Street/ Christine’s House Opens – May 2016

© 2016 Bethany Life
212 Lafayette Ave. Story City, Iowa 50248
phone: (515) 733-4325 email: office@bethanylife.org
Photos by Pete Tekippe and Jenn Hindman
Site by Rippke Design

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