Prairie Ridge Care Center welcomed residents in October 2013. Visit us at 1005 7th Street NE in Orange City, or call 712-707-6000.

Prairie Ridge Care Center welcomed residents in October 2013. Visit us at 1005 7th Street NE in Orange City, or call 712-707-6000.



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A great big thank you to all the staff and volunteers — as well as the residents and their families — for their great help and good spirits as the residents moved into their new home on Friday, October 18.





























May Prairie Ridge Update newsletter

Prairie Ridge front 2 sept 2013 smallPublic is invited to share in the opening of Prairie Ridge Care Center

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and tours of the new Prairie Ridge Care Center — owned and operated by Orange City Area Health System – on Tuesday  October 15. Ribbon cutting and presentations by Orange City’s Mayor Les Douma and Orange City Area Health System COO Dan McCarty and Director of Senior Care Char TenClay will take place at 4:30pm. Following the ceremony, the public will be offered tours of the facility from 5-9pm, with guided tours at 5:30 and 6:00.

“We are extremely excited to open our new home for seniors,” says McCarty. “The focus on Prairie Ridge has been and will continue to be on resident-centered care, creating an environment for our seniors as similar to their home life as practical, a place where they can live and thrive.”

Prairie Ridge Care Center, Northwest Iowa’s newest home for seniors, features 82,000 square feet, consisting of four “cottages.” All of the 83 resident rooms and bathrooms in the facility are spacious and private. Special features — including a play area for children, a treat shoppe, water and aquarium features, and warm, homey gathering spaces — are designed with the residents’ quality of life in mind. “The main focus of this project is to create a nursing home that feels more like the residents’ previous homes,” explains TenClay, “to help make their time with us a time of living.”

Prairie Ridge Care Center, which replaces Orange City’s two current nursing homes, cost $18.5 Million, financed by Orange City Area Health System, debt financing, and generous donations from the communities served by the new senior care center. ”Prairie Ridge would not be possible without the support of citizens in the area,” says McCarty. “We were so blessed to raise over$3 million toward the completion of the care center, and we want to again thank all those who supported this project in any way.”

Residents will be moving into Prairie Ridge on October 18. The address is 1005 7th Street NE in Orange City. The main phone number for Prairie Ridge is 712-707-6000.



The latest news about Prairie Ridge (1/31/13)


Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) announced the naming of the four resident cottages in the Prairie Ridge Care Center.  According to Dan McCarty, Orange City Area Health System COO and project director, naming ideas were solicited from current residents of the health system’s two existing nursing homes, their family members, and OCAHS senior care staff. “It was very important to us that residents be involved in the naming process — as well as families and our senior care employees,” said McCarty. “We also took some of the names that were originally suggested for the Prairie Ridge Care Center name. We then pulled together members of the Design Team (McCarty, Director of Plant Operations Mark Pottebaum, Director of Senior Care Char Ten Clay, and Director of Nursing Laura Woelber) and voted on the top 15 suggestions.”

The four suggestions were reviewed by health system CEO Marty Guthmiller and McCarty, and approved. They are: Grandview Cottage, Pheasant Run Cottage, Countryside Cottage, and Sunrise Cottage.  

“The names relate directly to the location,” explains McCarty, “as you will be able to see pheasants running from the windows of Pheasant Run, be able to watch the sun rise from Sunrise Cottage, etc.” 

“Our efforts on the Prairie Ridge Care Center project continue to be focused on resident-centered care,” continued McCarty. “With this facility we hope to create a culture that focuses on our residents and their needs.” 

McCarty added that their team continues to be overwhelmed by community support and interest in the Prairie Ridge Care Center project. Plans are to move residents from the two health system nursing homes (Long Term Care and Heritage House) into the new facility in mid-October 2013, which will include a grand opening ceremony and community tours.


Project update as of December 2012:

Prairie Ridge Project UPDATE

Work on the Prairie Ridge Care Center project began on September 15, 2011 with site and dirt work. Construction began on April 2, 2012. At this point, several items have reached 100 percent completion including exterior studs, window installation, temporary heat, cement floors, and exterior utilities and water hookup. We are 95 percent complete with shingling and drywall in Area A. Some resident rooms have been completely sheet rocked in Area C. One of our mechanical rooms has been painted, and we have also begun siding the exterior of the new facility. Finally, we hit a milestone in November. We are 50 percent complete on the project as far as cost. To date, over $6.5 million has been paid out to contractors.


EXTERIOR (artist’s rendering)





To learn more or to contribute to Fulfilling the Promise, please contact Dan McCarty, COO, at 712-737-5374 or

Archived from April 2012…
Groundbreaking and unveiling of the new name — Prairie Ridge Care Center — Tuesday April 10. Here is a link to the story on KTIV News.

As Orange City Area Health System celebrates five years in our new state-of-the-art total healing environment, we move forward on Phase II of our promise to you and the communities we serve: a new senior living facility.

The main focus of this project is to create a senior care facility that feels more like the residents’ previous homes … to help make their time with us a time of living.

The residents of Orange City Area Health System’s two current nursing homes – Long Term Care and the Heritage House –  are served by 130 registered nurses, nurse assistants, dietary staff, housekeepers, and other caring people.

Join us in celebrating the lives of our seniors – and honoring all the dedicated, compassionate professionals who care for them – as we fulfill the promise and build a new senior care facility.