Welcome to Friendship Haven

Our community is a special place to participate, share and grow. Pursue your passions, stimulate your mind, join a club or volunteer. Be prepared to have fun with friendly neighbors. When you’re inclined, the Fort Dodge community looks forward to your experience and insights. Our beautifully landscaped 60 acres of residences, community and health venues provide a tranquil setting within minutes of the conveniences and activity of Fort Dodge. Stroll down one of our many footpaths, through vibrant gardens and shady groves.

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Meet Some of Our Heroes

Meet our Wellness Team! Wellness Coordinator, Liz Flattery, along with Wellness Assistants, Andrea Doster and Kourtney Condon have been a valuable part of our team, especially during COVID-19. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person wellness classes and training were not allowed. These ladies got creative, instructing virtual classes for the residents and helping out in other […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine

We are excited to announce that we will be receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, January 12, 2020. The vaccine will be available to all Simpson Health Center, Assisted Living and independent living residents including Kenyon Place and the Townhomes, as well as our employee team. This means that we are planning on administering […]

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The Pocket Door Has Gone Virtual!

As you know, our world as we knew it was turned upside down in March and shortly after, we closed The Pocket Door gift shop located in our Welcome Center due to safety concerns.After months of brainstorming on how to bring back aspects of campus pre-COVID-19, we decided we needed to adapt and modify how […]

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FH In The News

Recently, President and CEO, Julie Thorson, visited with a number of national news organizations to share with the world the obstacles that Friendship Haven and other continuing care communities face in the midst of this pandemic. Please follow along as we continue to share Friendship Haven’s story and advocate for long-term care. Nursing homes ‘really […]

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COVID-19 Update

Updated February 10, 2020 As our COVID-19 processes continue to evolve, we have relocated our daily case counts on our website. Please see our COVID-19 Page for the latest numbers. COVID-19 Update

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Video Chat Services Now Available

Do you have a loved one living in The Simpson Health Center or one of our assisted living neighborhoods? We now have iPads available to FaceTime or Skype your loved one. Just call your neighborhood contact and they will get it scheduled! We know all of our residents would love to see a familiar face!

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Campus Visits Now Suspended

March, 13, 2020 Update: Beginning at noon today, we will no longer be allowing any visitors to our campus. We realize this is a huge sacrifice not to see your loved ones in person, however, we are following CDC and federal government recommendations by not granting visitors’ access. We appreciate your understanding and patience during […]

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Social Activities Update

March 11, 2020 2:45 P.M. UPDATE Dear Visitors, Guests & Friends of Friendship Haven, To reiterate, there are still NO KNOWN COVID-19 cases in Webster County or Friendship Haven. However, in efforts to keep our residents and employee team safe we will be postponing all social activities until further notice.   We understand this comes […]

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Important Visitor Information

March 11, 2020 Update Dear Visitors and Guests, Although there are currently NO known COVID-19 cases in Webster County or Friendship Haven, we have implemented safety precautions to help protect the residents and employees of Friendship Haven. Beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2020, we ask that all visitors come through the Welcome Center or Kenyon Place […]

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Providing Reassurance When It’s Needed Most

Companions Provide What Modern Medicine Cannot – A Personal Touch. Ruth Pogge would say she has always been a caregiver, whether it has been as a daughter, a mother or as a grandmother. In fact, she has spent her entire working career as a caregiver, working 17 years for a home care organization. When she […]

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New Position Brings New Face to Campus

Brittany Drew, Welcome Center/Gift Shop Coordinator, joined Friendship Haven in July of this year. This newly created position will evolve and modify over time to best fit the needs of residents and all of those who pass through the doors of the Welcome Center. Currently, Brittany is responsible for managing Welcome Center volunteers and support […]

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Schilling Joins Friendship Haven

Kim Schilling, a licensed nursing home administrator, has accepted the position of VP of Health Services Operations/Administrator, at Friendship Haven. In her role, Schilling will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and management of all licensed areas on campus including the Simpson Health Center, The Gardens Assisted Living, River Ridge Assisted Living, Schmoker Adult Day, […]

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The Messenger -Celebrating Silver Linings

Check out Julie’s recent article for her Celebrate Silver Linings guest column in The Messenger. Her article titled, More than heroes, was published in the April 17 issue. More than heroes LOCAL COLUMNS APR 17, 2021 JULIE THORSON Throughout the pandemic we often hear about health care heroes. A few months ago, we heard about […]

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My “WHY” – Abbigail Griep

Prior to coming to Friendship Haven, I was working in hospice. In my previous position, I would come to campus frequently and it was very easy to see that Friendship Haven was so much more than a facility! Everyone truly cared about their residents, and knew their stories well. The true passion I see from […]

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