Dr. J.R. King, Superintendent of the Home – 1912-1926

The Union Village Shaker Community near Lebanon, Ohio, agreed to transfer 4,005 acres of land to the United Brethren in Christ Church, and The Articles of Incorporation were signed, establishing the United Brethren Orphanage and Home for the Aged.

The United Brethren Orphanage and Home for the Aged became Otterbein Home, and the first older adults were admitted, followed shortly by the first children.

Otterbein Homes opened The Mission House, a home for the children of missionaries.

The United Brethren in Christ Church was established on the Otterbein campus for residents and the surrounding community.

The United Brethren in Christ Church introduced the Red Stocking offering in 1914, designed to gain charitable gift contributions to help fund the Home’s operating budget – into the 1920s more than half of annual budget was contributed.

A.R. Brane, Superintendent of the Home – 1926-1930

The 1930s represented a time of growth for Otterbein, both in terms of spiritual growth through the campus church, and physically as the Phillippi Hall residence building was constructed and dedicated.

Dr. D.A. Young, Superintendent of the Home – 1930-1935

The Rev. C.E. Traylor, Superintendent of the Home –1935-1941

Dr. J.R. Overmiller, Superintendent of the Home 1941-1948

The Rev. Alvin G. Myrice, Superintendent of the Home 1948-1949

Dr. L.M. Hohn, Superintendent of the Home – 1949-1954

Expansion continued with the construction of cottages for both employees and residents, and the opening of a skilled nursing care center.

Lewis A. Johnson, Superintendent of the Home – 1954-1960

Otterbein focused exclusively on the care for elders, and phased out the orphanage, helping children transition to the Flat Rock Children’s Home.

William A. Robinson, Superintendent of the Home– 1960-1966

The Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church united to form the United Methodist Church, which remains today as the underpinning of Otterbein’s mission, “In keeping with our United Methodist tradition,…”

Dr. Charles K. Dilgard Superintendent of the Home & President/CEO 1966-1994

Otterbein constructed a new phase of independent living residences, designed to provide homes for prospective residents – following retirement, but in advance of the requirement for assisted living or skilled nursing services.

Otterbein opened the Gerontology Center, an educational center for continuing training for professionals in the field of aging.

The St. Marys Association turned over to Otterbein Homes “Camp St. Marys,” a property on the southeastern shore of Grand Lake St. Marys. Otterbein invested in the property and opened the Otterbein St. Marys Continuing Care Retirement community two years later – the community is now home to about 250 residents.

The Portage Valley Community, built in the early 1980s, was united with Otterbein Homes and became Otterbein Portage Valley. The community is now home to about 200 residents.

Otterbein broke ground for a new continuing care retirement community in Cridersville, Ohio in 1987, opened the community in 1990, and it is now home to about 200 residents. 

Otterbein Lebanon opened a new, state-of-the-art Alzheimer care unit.

Donald L. Gilmore, President/CEO 1994-2009

Under a management contract between Otterbein Homes and Flat Rock Homes, and in concert with the Lakeside United Methodist retreat and community, ground was broken to construct a continuing care community at Lakeside-Marblehead in 1994. The community, now home to about 120 residents, became Otterbein North Shore in 1997.

The Otterbein Partners In Caring program was established to provide a variety of programs for the betterment of Otterbein employee partners and their families.

In early 2007, Otterbein dedicated the Jane Baker House, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation home at Otterbein North Shore in Lakeside- Marblehead, the first Otterbein small house and the first such home in the state of Ohio.

In late 2007, Otterbein dedicated the Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood at Perrysburg, a small house neighborhood designed to provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for 50 elders in a home environment – the first of five such neighborhoods planned to open over the next few years.

Otterbein dedicated Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood at Monclova, and Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood at Springboro, small house neighborhoods.

Jill Hreben, President/CEO 2009-Present

Otterbein dedicated Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood at Middletown, a small house neighborhood, on the campus of the Atrium Medical Center.

In December 2009, Otterbein acquired the Pioneer Home Health Agency of Wilmington, Ohio, and renamed it Otterbein Home Health. The agency, designed to provide skilled nursing and rehabilitative services in the client’s residence, now serves nine counties in southwestern Ohio, and will serve as the model for expansion of Otterbein Home Health services into the future.

A $1M donation by the Marge Shott Foundation helped fund the Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood at Maineville, a small house neighborhood, a high-growth location between Lebanon and Cincinnati.

Otterbein Portage Valley dedicates the Bowlus Life Enrichment Center.

Otterbein introduced new branding – Senior Lifestyle Choices, a faith-based, non-profit, providing a wide array of choices for delivering lifestyle and health care services to today’s elders.

Groundbreaking for the Otterbein Lebanon Life Enrichment Center in collaboration with the Countryside Y.

Otterbein celebrates our 100th anniversary, with a gala in April (with contributions funding Otterbein’s Endowment for Benevolent Care), followed by 12 months of activities and events to celebrate 100 years of seeking to “enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons.”

Otterbein St. Marys dedicates a new life enrichment center in collaboration with the Auglaize-Mercer Counties Y – the first such collaboration in the country!

Otterbein Hospice is introduced and receives certification from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhoods begin construction on two locations in New Albany and Gahanna, with plans for two other locations in Loveland and Batavia. 

Construction begins on the Otterbein Cridersville Life Enrichment Center.

All five Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Communities attain 5-Star Rating from the Ohio Department of Health.

Otterbein New Albany Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhood is opened near Colubmus, OH. 

Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhoods break ground on a new location in Union Township, OH.

Otterbein St. Marys breaks ground on new healthcare area and therapy wing. 

Otterbein Lebanon breaks ground on new apartment building, Terrace Place, and new ranch homes, The Orchards.

The Music and Memory Program is launched across all ministries and locations bringing non-pharmaceutical aide to those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 

Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhoods open new locations in Union Township, OH and Gahanna, OH. Ground is broken for another small house neighborhood in Loveland, OH. 

Ground is broken at Otterbein Cridersville for a new healthcare expansion. 

Otterbein St. Marys opens new healthcare area and therapy wing, including therapy gym with 12 private suites designed for recovery and rehabilitation.

Terrace Place and The Orchards are opened at Otterbein Lebanon, bringing over 60 new independent living residencies to Otterbein Lebanon. 

Otterbein Lebanon breaks ground on new apartment building and multiple new amenities named The Gallery and Gallery Suites. 

Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Neighborhoods open a new location in Loveland, OH.  

Otterbein Cridersville opens new healthcare expansion, adding new assisted living wing with 24-private suites and a state-of-the-art short-stay rehabilitative care center made up of 17 new private suites and a new therapy gym. 

 
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