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Construction begins on The Heritage

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012

A Huntington County Chamber of Commerce groundbreaking was held at The Heritage of Huntington on Wednesday, August 1 for the new addition to the health care facility. The current location at 1180 W 500 N is a 5-star, non-profit, Continuing Care Retirement Community designed for residential and assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, secure memory care, long-term care and outpatient therapy.

Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed those in attendance to the groundbreaking ceremony and the group was addressed by Mayor Brooks Fetters. Fetters congratulated the administration and the staff of The Heritage and said this will be an outstanding expansion to a facility that provides an exceptional, high quality of care to the residents.

The Heritage opened in June of 2001 and is currently a 168-bed residential and assisted living facility which includes a state-of-the-art health care unit. The assisted living section features one and two room living situations and the health care area has single or double rooms with private baths for each resident. The facility features 24-hour licensed nursing care and in-house physical, occupational and speech therapy.

The new construction will bring a 15,200 square-foot Center for Rehabilitation with a new large therapy gym and 16 private rooms, and the addition of more space onto the Memory Care unit known as Memory Lane, according to Jim Flueckiger, administrator. Flueckiger explained that the new Memory Care area will have a large family room, lounge, and bathing, dining and activity areas. Additionally, there will be three more private rooms and the new building will look similar to the existing structure. Flueckiger anticipates the project will be completed by the spring of 2013.

The new addition will be located on the north corner of the existing campus and will make The Heritage the largest senior living community in the city of Huntington. The construction will also include a private entrance and outpatient parking for the Center for Rehabilitation. Dodd Kattman, with Morrison, Kattman and Menze, Inc. is the architect of the project and Limberlost Construction is the general contractor.

David P. Souder is the chief executive officer and administrator of UMMH Communities of which The Heritage is a part. The group also includes Heritage Pointe located in Warren, Indiana. Souder along with Dr. P. Mathew, chief medical officer of The Heritage; Kim Davis, director of nursing; Peggy Bradley, admissions; Rev. William Rapp, chaplain of The Heritage; board members; construction officials and staff members were also present for the groundbreaking ceremony. A luncheon served at The Heritage followed the ceremony for all in attendance.

For more information about The Heritage contact Jim Flueckiger or Peggy Bradley at (260) 355-2750 or e-mail or The website is

Shown in the photo from left are Mayor Brooks Fetters; Steve Kimmel, executive director, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; David Souder, CEO and administrator UMMH Communities; Dr. P. Mathew, medical director, The Heritage; Rev. Dick Gongwer, Rev. Gerald Hewson, Rev. Larry Ray, The Heritage board of directors; Jim Flueckiger, administrator, The Heritage and Mike Schwartz, Limberlost Construction.