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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.

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.

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.

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.”

Downtown offices open – March 2012

2013:

LifeChoices at Bethany Launches – Creating a new innovative way for people in central Iowa to stay in their homes as they age.

2014:

Official 100th anniversary date – June 30, 2014

Construction Begins (meaning the large project) – August 2014

2015:

LifeBridge Transitional Care Opens – June 2015

Walker Place Opens – July 2015

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

2016:

Main Street/ Christine’s House Opens – May 2016