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Bethesda Home opened its doors on December 26, 1969, as a skilled nursing care facility on a 22-acre campus in Aberdeen, SD.  In 1981, the Bethesda Sharing Center opened to provide child care to Bethesda Home employees. Later, services were expanded to the community including infant day care and preschool.  In 1985, a vision for a continuum of care was recognized and Bethesda Parkside Apartments were established. In 1993, its name was changed to Parkside Retirement Community. In 1997, Bethesda Towne Square was opened to provide assisted living services and to meet the need for services between our nursing facilities and apartments. In 2001, Bethesda Home completed a renovation project to provide private rooms for all residents. Bethesda In-Home Community Services provides care for people in their home environment. The Adult Day Health Center opened in November 2014 and provides customized care to stay at home longer. 

Bethesda Senior Living strives to promote a caring, community-like quality of life by providing a comprehensive continuum of affordable and exceptional health care services, housing alternatives and community services in an environment that is grounded in faith and growing to serve.

Bethesda seeks to be the leader in developing and providing quality lifestyle options for aging persons and to continuously evaluate and improve our services.

All of our activities embody the Christian values we place on people, organizational and personal growth, responsibility, and leadership while demonstrating our concern for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of older adults and their families.

Bethesda Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by 12 area ELCA Lutheran Churches and governed by a nine-member board elected from these congregations.

Our Sponsoring Congregations include:

  • Bethlehem Lutheran, Aberdeen
  • Emmanuel Lutheran, Groton
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran, Aberdeen
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran, Redfield
  • St. James Lutheran, Leola
  • St. John’s Lutheran, Hecla
  • St. John Lutheran, Warner
  • St. Paul ’s Lutheran, Frederick
  • Savo Lutheran, Frederick
  • Scandinavia Lutheran, Aberdeen
  • Trinity Lutheran, Houghton
  • Zion Lutheran, Aberdeen
     

BETHESDA HOME OF ABERDEEN INC.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Howard Swenson, Bath

Vice President: Mike Weber, Groton

Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy Harris, Aberdeen

Judy Bretsch, Frederick

Diane Dangel, Redfield

Terri Elsen, Hecla

Ann Langbehn, Aberdeen

Rev. Liz Dieseth, Aberdeen

ABERDEEN BETHESDA FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Howard Swenson, Bath

Vice President: Mike Weber, Groton

Secretary/Treasurer: Mark Malchow, Aberdeen

Sue Gates, Aberdeen

Dennis K. Larson, Groton

Charlie Clark, Aberdeen

Identity and Mission Statement

OUR IDENTITY:

Responding to God's grace for us and for all, we care for the very young, the elderly, the ill and the aging.

OUR MISSION:

Bethesda strives to promote a community like quality of life by providing a continuum of affordable health care services, housing alternatives and community services in a Christ-centered environment.

Bethesda seeks to be a leader in developing and providing quality lifestyle options for aging persons and to continuously evaluate and improve our services.

All of our activities embody the Christian values we place on people, organizational and personal growth, responsibility, and leadership while demonstrating our concern for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of older adults and their families.

Spiritual Care

spiritual care

Bethesda is grounded in faith and growing to serve. Spiritual care is an integral component of Bethesda's holistic care philosophy. We are dedicated to providing spiritual care for residents of all faith expressions, by connecting them with resources and support from their own traditions.

Our Bethesda Chaplain is an ordained Pastor who conducts weekly Bible studies and weekly worship services: 2PM Tuesday’s at Parkside, 10AM Wednesday’s at Town Square, and 2PM Wednesday’s at Bethesda Home.  Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Tuesday/Wednesday of each month.  The chaplain also coordinates a Sunday afternoon worship service schedule, with area pastors or lay ministers from a variety of faith traditions offering a service every Sunday at 2PM.  Catholic services are offered during the week twice per month.

While your personal pastor or priest is always welcome, you can feel at ease knowing our on-site chaplain is always available to visit with you, especially during times of transition, illness, death and dying, or for other special needs.

Bethesda Home of Aberdeen is a social ministry organization sponsored by 12 area congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA, in its statement of purposes, declares: “This church shall serve in response to God’s love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged…” From its earliest beginnings, Bethesda has maintained a shared ministry and chaplaincy program.

Meet Our Staff

Bruce Johnson
Administrator
 

Lynn Wanner
Human Resources Coordinator

Julie Schmidt Director of Admissions & Social Services

Marla Delzer
Social Worker, Admissions & Social Services
 

Vicki Conn
Director of Nursing  Bethesda Home

 

Gina Sommers
Healthcare Nursing Coordinator - Towne Square/Assisted Living

Connie Otterstetter

Director of Therapy/MDS Coordinator

Lori Bohle

Accounting and Reimbursement Coordinator

 

Brittney

Brittney Currence

Director of Bethesda Sharing Center/Child Daycare Center and Preschool

 

 

Peggy Jo Larson
Director of Development and Community Relations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Chaplain

 

Amanda Swearingen
Food Service Coordinator

Debbie Eisenbeisz
Assistant Director/Activity Directory-Adult Day Health Center

Sharolyn Jondahl
Director-Adult Day Health Center

Curtis Metz
Environmental Assistant

Andrea Knoll
Environmental Supervisor/Corporate Compliance Officer 

Janelle Brown
Towne Square Certified Dietary Manager

Pam Miller
Bethesda Home Certified Dietary Manager

Bobbie Buechler
Activity Director, ADC

 

Deb Rice
Director of Parkside Retirement Community and Bethesda In-Home Community Services,
Nurse Liaison - Adult Day Health Center