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 

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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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Johnson comes on as board member

Matt Johnson, Director of Happiness at Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, was recently elected to the Friendship Haven Board of Directors. Johnson, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High, earned his BA in Marketing and Management with a certification in entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa. Johnson is past president of the Greater Fort Dodge […]

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Hill joins Board of Directors

Sara Hill was recently elected to the Friendship Haven Board of Directors. Hill is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge. Before this she served as the Pastor at the United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield. A […]

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Johnson joins Board of Directors

Michele Johnson was recently elected to the Friendship Haven Board of Directors. Johnson graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. During her career she has worked for various organizations including Lutheran Social Services, Iowa Department of Human Services, MIDAS Council of Governments, and Plautz Design and Development. Johnson was also part […]

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Engler joins Board of Directors

John Engler was recently elected to the Friendship Haven Board of Directors. Engler is an attorney at the law firm of Johnson, Mulholland, Cochrane, Cochrane, Yung & Engler, P.L.C., where he specializes in estate planning, probate and trust administration, business, and real estate law. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Fort Dodge with their […]

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Living out her “Why”

We are blessed with the best and so grateful our employee team thinks of Friendship Haven as more than just a “job.” Journeys nurse, Sara Hellvig, recently shared her “why,” and we couldn’t be happier for her. Are you thinking about making a career change or looking to work somewhere that is more than just […]

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