History of Evergreen
1965 - Evergreen was founded by Howard and Ruth Rowland as a health and welfare ministry of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church.
1967 - Open to people of any faith, Evergreen Manor was dedicated in November and at that time included ninety-two apartments plus nursing home accommodations for fifty residents.
1969 - Several independent cottages (ranch-style houses) were built.
1970 - The Wisconsin P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter House Fund Board (now H.E.L.P. Fund) affiliated with Evergreen by contributing funds to build additional cottages and Evergreen was designated as the official P.E.O. retirement home in the state of Wisconsin.
1974 - Twenty assisted living apartments and fifty-six nursing care accommodations were added.
1983 - Evergreen Village was incorporated as the only cooperative retirement residence in the area.
1985 to 1998 - Six condo-style Village buildings were opened.
1989 - To recognize the continuum of living options, the Evergreen Manor name was changed in to Evergreen Retirement Community.
1994 - Evergreen ShareHaven, a group home for 20 residents with Alzheimer's or other dementia, was opened with a generous financial gift from the Ladies Benevolent Society.
1997 – Creekview, an innovative neighborhood-concept skilled nursing facility (now called Creekview North), was opened.
2004 - Creekview South skilled nursing and Creekview Center, which includes the Fitness and Aquatic Centers, Aerobic Studio, Evergreen Therapy Services, and Creekview Café, opened.
2005 – Eastview skilled nursing was renovated into Garden Heights Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) for those requiring a higher level of assistance, but not needing skilled nursing care.
2008 – Westview skilled nursing was renovated into The Post Surgical and Rehab Center at Manor View.
2010 – Evergreen At Home, a new service providing in-home services for those who live independently on our campus or in the greater Oshkosh area community, was launched.
2013 – The number of skilled nursing beds was reduced from 108 to 80. The Post Surgical and Rehab Center at Manor View was relocated to two households in Creekview South and renamed the Creekview Rehabilitation Center.
2014 – Major changes were accomplished in assisted living. Manor View was renovated into 21 private assisted living accommodations. Private bathrooms and additional common spaces were added to ShareHaven. The former Garden Terrace CBRF was converted into 10 new assisted living apartments similar to Garden Place, bringing the total number of Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCAC) apartments to 20.
2015 - Another renovation project was completed this year. The lower level Commons has been re-designed as a welcome gathering space with beautiful French doors and light woodwork, an entry area with a stone wall, and completely new and larger restrooms.
2016 - On August 30, 2016 the Evergreen Board of Directors unanimously approved to proceed with the final two phases of the 6 phase master site plan. It will include 41 new spacious independent apartments and a new main entrance, additional parking, a new worship and performing arts center, a game room and expanded library. Construction began mid-September with the removal of the homes. We anticipate the entire project will be complete in the fall of 2017.
ON-GOING - Throughout our history, Evergreen has been committed to meeting the individual needs of each resident and helping each one to reach their highest wellness potential. Over the years our life enrichment opportunities have expanded greatly in order to promote wellness in all areas including physical, social, intellectual, emotional, vocational, environmental and spiritual. We believe that wellness is a lifelong, active process and we encourage individuals to choose a positive lifestyle that balances the health and well-being of mind, body and spirit.
Evergreen Today and Tomorrow
Evergreen today offers independent living, assisted living and both long-term and short-term skilled nursing and rehab care to over 250 residents as well as Evergreen At Home services to clients on campus and off. Evergreen Therapy Services also provides physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy to residents and out-patients.
Our plan for tomorrow includes the addition of new independent apartments, a new library and other commons spaces, changes to the Westfield entrance, and additional parking. See the Master Site Plan Project Project updates for more details.