Ed Smith, president of St. Anthony Regional Hospital, leads Gov. Kim Reynolds on a tour of Garden View during Sunday’s open house. The 36-apartment assisted-living facility is located on the southeast side of the St. Anthony campus.
Ed Smith, president of St. Anthony Regional Hospital, leads Gov. Kim Reynolds on a tour of Garden View during Sunday’s open house. The 36-apartment assisted-living facility is located on the southeast side of the St. Anthony campus.

June 25, 2018

Iowa’s top elected official Sunday headlined the grand opening of St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Garden View, a two-story, 36-unit assisted-living facility — a $10 million project finished with a raft of distinctive Carroll touches — scheduled to begin accepting tenants July 9.

About 500 people toured Garden View before Gov. Kim Reynolds and other dignitaries spoke at the grand opening midday.

As in 2016, when she spoke at the Garden View groundbreaking, Reynolds quoted Father Thomas Munn who said, “You can measure the character of the community by the way that they care for their elderly.”

“This afternoon, the character of Carroll and your compassion for senior Iowans is clearly visible,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds, who walked through Garden View with her husband, Kevin, said St. Anthony developed Garden View with Carroll seniors in mind.

“You’ve built a warm, inviting, safe place for area seniors to age safely while receiving quality care,” Reynolds said. “I encourage you to continue to serve as the model for other towns to follow when it comes to providing affordable senior housing.”

Located on the southeast side of the St. Anthony campus, Garden View offers one- and two-bedroom apartments and a host of amenities, including a chapel, multi-purpose room, central and private dining, salon, exercise area, library — and even a pub (the latter emerged in planning after residents of an Omaha facility said it was the most popular gathering place for them). St. Anthony employees donated a grotto on the grounds as well.

“This project was designed with personal and comforting touches,” said Tom Gronstal, chairman of the St. Anthony Regional Hospital board of directors.

Hospital officials say Garden View complements other St. Anthony senior offerings, including Orchard View, an independent-living facility with 50 units, and St. Anthony Nursing Home, a 79-bed complex with a memory care section.

“This assisted-living facility fills a gap we’ve had on our campus,” said Ed Smith, St. Anthony CEO and president.

Garden View, Reynolds said, is a further demonstration that the community of Carroll knows how to care for seniors. St. Anthony is known throughout the state for quality care, she said.

“St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home is considered one of Carroll’s greatest assets, with good reasons,” she said.

Carroll Area Development Corporation Executive Director Shannon Landauer, who spoke before the governor, noted that St. Anthony is the leading employer in the county — and for that matter, the region — with 700 employees.

Health care and social services provided a $170-million boost to the local economy in 2016, she said.

“We recognize and appreciate the economic impact of your continued investment into Carroll and the constant vision of growth to provide necessary services for residents in the region,” Landauer said.

St. Anthony officials said the impetus for constructing Garden View came in large part as a reaction to a comprehensive housing study Landauer spearheaded for the county in 2016. It revealed a strong demand for senior housing.

“St. Anthony responded,” Gronstal said.

The study involved CADC, county and city funds.

“The well-rounded suite of services, specialized services and treatment options at St. Anthony, combined with options for all health-care services, make Carroll an attractive community for retirement,” Landauer said. “By providing excellent housing opportunities in our community, we are creating a culture of support for our senior population.”

Father Kevin Richter of Holy Spirit Catholic Church blessed the full Garden View — something Smith says ties to the hospital’s heritage with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

“I want to note that they even had me bless the mechanical room,” Richter said.

In his prayer during the official grand opening, Richter said, “Let us ask for God’s blessings on all those who will be residents here. May it truly become a home for those who reside here.”

Kari Nuzback, director of Garden View, said in an interview that 20 of the facility’s apartments are filled. Residents will begin moving in on July 9 in a staged schedule so there is not a freshman-dorm-style crush on the facility.

Garden View has 31 one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments. They all have bathrooms and living, dining and kitchen areas.

Tours and details on pricing can be arranged by calling Nuzback at (712) 792-5050 or emailing her at gardenview@stanthonyhospital.org.

Pets will be discussed on an individual basis. There is no smoking on the entire St. Anthony grounds.

Garden View is open to people 55 and older.

Nuzback said Garden View employs 15 full- and part-time people.

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