We are pleased to share that our Walnut Ridge community marked its 10th Anniversary by launching a campus expansion to build a new long-term care center. Residents and staff were joined by family members, local government and business leaders, and the project development team for the anniversary celebration held on Thursday, September 6, 2018, including a ceremonial groundbreaking on the lawn of Walnut Ridge.
“We’re so excited about this phase of Walnut Ridge,” said Allison Bass, Campus Administrator. “The addition of the care center will complete the continuum of care at Walnut Ridge. This will extend our ministry and add value to those who choose to make this special community their home. It will provide residents the opportunity to stay within the walls of Walnut Ridge, near their spouses and families, even when their healthcare needs change,” she said.
To celebrate the Anniversary and Groundbreaking, Walnut Ridge residents and staff came together to create their own music video that was shown during the event:
Serving older adults in the Clive area since it opened in 2008, Walnut Ridge affiliated with Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) in 2012. Over its 10 years, Walnut Ridge has provided housing and services to over 1,800 older adults and currently serves 240 older adults who live in 116 senior apartments, 44 assisted living apartments and 18 memory care suites.
The $17M project to expand Walnut Ridge will provide a care center with 60 private and shared suites and bring a complete continuum of care to the campus. The care center will be designed in a home-like setting to accommodate Liberty Personally Designed Living™, the care model of PHS. The new one-story building with walkout will match the materials and color of the existing building exterior and will be connected by an indoor walkway. The walkout level will include common spaces for the campus, including a Fellowship Room and Chapel, a Restorative Therapy Suite, Spa, Salon, Administrative Offices and other back of the house support spaces.
Construction will begin this month with completion anticipated in early 2020. “We’re going to turn soil to start the construction and the next era of Walnut Ridge will begin,” said Julie White, Presbyterian Homes & Services Board Chair. She introduced her mother, Joyce Blumquist, a Walnut Ridge resident who sat in the audience. “It’s personal for me,” White said. “When I see the beautiful faces that tell beautiful stories of lives lived richly and deeply at Walnut Ridge, this is the heart and soul of what Presbyterian Homes is all about.”
Scott Cirksena, Mayor of Clive, also addressed the gathering, expressing appreciation to Presbyterian Homes for its commitment to the community. He recalled serving on the city council over 10 years ago when Walnut Ridge was being conceptualized. “We had a lot of conversations about how we could build the best relationship between the city and the senior living owner. As I look at this great senior living community, it’s just beautiful; it is so well done. We’re so pleased and excited for this next phase,” he said.
In the decade since Walnut Ridge opened, Clive and West Des Moines have grown from 69,400 to 82,100 citizens, making it the one of the fastest growing regions in the greater Des Moines Metro Area and the state of Iowa. Based on national and state growth projections, the population over 65 is expected to increase by 25% by 2030. This means that more older adults in the area will need support services.
“It has been a privilege to work with the City of Clive; the city planning team and all who are involved to make this project work,” said Bill Hagstrom, Vice President of Senior Housing Partners, the project development team of PHS. Hagstrom also extended appreciation to Insite Architects, based in Minneapolis, MN; general contractor, Covenant Construction Services, Inc., based in Clive, IA; and for financing from Bremer Bank, based in St. Paul, MN.