Kammeyer and Lillian Akers envisioned a retirement complex where people could live and be cared for as they age and decided to put their dream in motion. The retired teachers approached the Loveland Retired School Teachers on March 17, 1971, and were greeted with enthusiasm. A steering committee was formed and, after extensive research, the group liked the mission of the Good Samaritan Society – Bonell Community in Greeley. In July 1971, the committee approached executives at the Good Samaritan Society's headquarters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and both parties quickly realized that Good Samaritan and Loveland were a perfect fit. In March of 1972, land was purchased in south Loveland and phase one ground breaking started the process on July 23, 1972, with Kammeyer and Akers turning the first shovels of dirt that would create 64 apartments and the healthcare center. The first resident moved into the Village healthcare center on June 1, 1973. Loveland Village was an immediate success and, as growing senior needs became apparent, more building began. During the summer of 1980, duplexes were built and the first apartment addition, the Boulevard wing, was opened in 1982 with 59 apartments. Assisted living apartments helped expand the mission of the Village in 1987 and, at the same time, conversion of the original four-story apartment wing began. The community’s need for expanded healthcare services inspired the 24 additional beds which were added to the skilled healthcare center in September 1990. Growth, based on demand, continued over the next few years, culminating this year with the new redesign. Along with its physical growth, the Village
has added more offerings including home and community-based health services, hospice, post-acute rehabilitation services, and outpatient therapy.
REASONS TO GO
The official invitation listed on the website says it all: “Come see for yourself why retirement is brighter at Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village.” Personal tours and a complimentary lunch are available upon request.
CLAIM TO FAME
“What sets us apart is the fact that we have all levels of care on one campus and now a state of the art wellness center that no one else in this area offers,” Turner says. “We are the largest not-for-profit in the country that provides housing and service for seniors 55 and over. We accept all faiths and beliefs.” Good Samaritan Loveland Village has won attention for its offerings. “For the past ten years in a row, we’ve won the Reporter Herald Readers’ Choice Award for best retirement community.”
“All of the renovation is to keep up with the current market and the changing face of seniors and their needs,” Turner says.
HOW TO FIND THEM
Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village is located at 2101 S. Garfield Ave., Loveland, CO 80537. Find additional information on the website at https://www.good-sam. com/locations/loveland-village. For an appointment to tour the facility, call (970) 669-3100.
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