Management and the Wisconsin Masonic Home Board of Directors launch the development of long-term planning for future strategic initiatives to meet the needs of older adults in our community.
It's a milestone year for many of Three Pillars' communities. Village on the Square Independent Living celebrates its 25th anniversary, Compass Point Catered Assisted Living acknowledges its 10th, and Hickory Suites Rehabilitation and the Wellness Connection commemorate their 5th.
The Dousman campus adds a brand new, scenic, outdoor addition: The Tribute Path. Located near Compass Point and leading down to the Memorial Garden along the Bark River, the beautiful path serves as an area of recognition and remembrance with engraved tribute bricks and benches to memorialize and honor loved ones.
The first graduating class of eight achieve their Certified Nursing Assistant credentials after a rigorous 10-week accelerated training course hosted at Three Pillars in partnership with Waukesha County Technical College. The pilot CNA class consisted of 120 hours of coursework and two clinical rotations, with all tuition fees covered by Three Pillars in an effort to aid the national shortage of CNAs in the healthcare industry.
Three Pillars partners with LindenGrove Communities for rehabilitation therapist services at Hickory Suites, our hospitality-based short-term rehabilitation facility.
A wedding is officiated on campus between two residents who met at Three Pillars
Haunted Halloween Woods, the beloved, free, family-friendly trick-or-treat event at the Dousman campus, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Our first Love Lights Tree is illuminated with 322 individual lights and 47 strands shining in honor or memory of loved ones.
It's Never 2 Late (iN2L), a state-of-the-art person-centered technology platform for older adults, launches at Three Pillars. Packaged as a portable, all-in-one rolling unit, its large, colorful, picture-based touch screen interface allows users to easily participate in a variety of engaging, educational, spiritual, and personalized content in an accessible format.
Fitch Ratings, a leading rating agency nationally recognized by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, affirmed their "A" rating of Three Pillars, reflecting the organization's "strong financial position." At this time, Three Pillars remains the only "A" rated senior living community in Wisconsin.
A Trishaw bike is ordered through the Cycling Without Age program for use at the Dousman campus, thanks to generous donations from our 2018 Love Lights program.
In April, Three Pillars hosts our first ever Fundraising Gala, An Evening of Music & Memories, at the Marriott Milwaukee West. The event sees 230 attendees representing a wide range from grateful families to business partners to community members. The gala raises in excess of $30,000 to be donated towards the implementation of a dementia-friendly community.
McKnight's Senior Living, a national media brand, selects Three Pillars as recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Technology Award for their Keep it Super Simple category, celebrating our digital display communication screens.
Three Pillars adds purposeful flavor to the community by implementing a new mobile indoor culinary herb garden in partnership with Seattle-based Eldergrow - it's the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin.
The COVID-19 pandemic strikes our nation, drastically changing the world and life at senior living communities. Three Pillars receives overwhelming support from the community and dedication from staff to keep residents healthy, safe, and happy.
Mather Institute, a nondenominational not-for-profit organization that creates and executes research on ways to age well, selects Three Pillars as recipient of the 2020 Promising Practices Award, honoring the unique intergenerational music videos created each year in honor of Older Americans Month.
Ground breaks for Three Pillars' new Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF), an expansion of Riverside Lodge. On Friday, October 8, 2021, a cornerstone dedication ceremony is held. This expansion will add 52 new CBRF Assisted Living units. Riverside Lodge continues to serve our residents in memory care, offering 17 care suites in a Memory Care neighborhood.
In March, 2021, renovations begin on the majority of the Masonic Center for Health and Rehab (MCHR). Once this renovation is complete, our Health Care Center will provide 36 long-term care private rooms with private bathrooms, in addition to our short-term rehab unit, Hickory Suites (HS). This resize from the original capacity of 70 rooms has enough space to incorporate more intimate dining and living spaces that help ensure we provide the very best safe, person-centered, and dignified care for years to come. With renovation work being completed in phases, all residents remain at MCHR during and after the project.
Three Pillars receives national recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of seven 2022-23 Best Continuing Care Retirement Communities in America. This high honor is reserved for continuing care communities who earned "Best" status by achieving the highest possible ratings for all categories of this new segment. The rankings join Three Pillars' already top-rated Best Long-Term Care Skilled Nursing and Best Short-Term Rehabilitation communities, making every level of care on campus a U.S. News top-rated community. Three Pillars is one of only SEVEN best CCRCs in the country and the only one in the Midwest.
Our newest community, an expansion of Riverside Lodge CBRF, opens with a ribbon cutting on August 9. This new high level Assisted Living welcomes its first residents. It now offers 52 new apartment homes to serve those who need a higher level of assisted living care, in addition to 17 apartments in the dedicated Memory Care neighborhood.
The renovation and downsizing project at the Masonic Center for Health and Rehab (MCHR) Skilled Nursing is completed. What was previously 70 beds is now home to 36, where all residents now enjoy their own private rooms with their own bathrooms. Our 14 short-term rehab beds at Hickory Suites remain.
On August 15, Three Pillars announces plans for the next generation of active adult living with a $125 million campus expansion to take place over the next couple years and beyond.
... to be continued ...