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Heritage House History

1959   The South Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church chose Atlantic, Iowa, as the site for a new retirement community.

1962    Ground was broken for the new building.

1963    The cornerstone was laid for Heritage House, and seven new residents called Heritage House "home" by the year's end.

1973    New Service: The second floor was converted to a Health Center and licensed for nursing home care.

1976    New Service: A therapy room was added in the basement to offer rehabilitation therapy treatments.

1978    New Service: The third floor was certified for residential care facility (RCF) and named "Helpful Living."

1980   Expansion: The Brookridge apartment building was built, adding 31 independent living apartments, along with an attached garage to accommodate 35 vehicles.

1986   Expansion & Renovation: The second floor health center of the main building was remodeled, adding a new west wing with six additional rooms.

1998    Expansion: A new health center building was erected, including the Bernard and June Hess Pavilion for dementia residents, Hunt Family Health Center and the Tyler Family Lounge. 

1999    Renovation: The third floor was remodeled into apartments that include kitchenettes.

1999    Expansion: Assisted living apartments were established on the second floor of the main tower building.

2004   Renovation: Floors 4-7 of the main building were remodeled into apartments with kitchenettes.

2006    New Service: Heritage House added a dedicated wellness director to help residents maintain their health and well-being, and remain independent and active for as long as possible.

2007    Expansion: Assisted living services were expanded to floors 3 and 4 of the main building.

2008    A "Certificate of Need" was passed to convert 15 RCF beds to skilled nursing, bringing the total capacity of the health center to 61 beds.

2008    New Service: With the help of a grant from Delta Dental of Iowa, Wesley Miles of Smiles - a full-service mobile dental program for older adults - began serving Heritage House residents, as well as residents of area nursing homes in southwest Iowa.

2008    New Service: WesleyLife began providing private duty and Medicare A home health services through WesleyLife Home Care-Kindred Connections and WesleyLife Home Health, serving both Heritage House residents and persons throughout Cass, Adair, Guthrie and Audubon counties.

2009    Service Expansion: Assisted living certification was expanded to serve the entire seven-story tower.

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