The front lobby and hallway of Thornapple Manor was crowded with well-wishers Tuesday as Administrator Don Haney unveiled the logo that celebrates the county assisted living facility’s 60th anniversary. Residents, members of the public and state, city and county officials heard Haney share the history of the facility that dates back to the 1830’s as the County Poor Farm.
“Thornappple Manor has experienced many changes from 1958 to today,” Haney said. “Through all those changes, one thing has remained consistent and that is our commitment to care for those in our community who need our services regardless of their ability to pay.
“The staff, from day one to today, provides compassion, love and support while caring for the emotional social and medical needs of our residents. “Our staff today certainly embodies those qualities and it is an honor and privilege to work with such an amazing team.”//
Around the turn of the century, a building to care for those with tuberculosis was built, called the Thornapple Valley Home, Haney said. In 1954 that building was found to be unfit for occupancy.
A millage was passed in1956, construction began in 1957 and in May of 1958, the first resident moved into the Thornapple Valley Home and Medical Care Facility.
In a 1986 addition and renovation project, residents voted to change the name to Thornapple Manor. In June 2006, an expansion and renovation project that ended in August of 2009, doubled the footprint of the building by creating private rooms and more gathering spaces throughout the building. The Cottage was added in July of 2013 to care for those with dementia.
“Today, we unveil our 60th anniversary logo to celebrate the history of our contribution to Barry County. We do so with our eye toward the rapidly changing world of healthcare and in a position to provide another 60 years of service to the Barry County community,” Haney concluded. Thornapple Manor residents and guests were offered a slice of the 60th anniversary cake and punch.
Photo: Thornapple Manor Administrator Don Haney with the 60th anniversary logo.