History

Linking tradition with tomorrow

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Porter Hills was founded in 1970 by a group of friends who set out to provide gracious living primarily for women of moderate means in a modern campus environment in Grand Rapids Township. During the decades that followed, Porter Hills expanded, adding a variety of new campuses, innovative services and valuable partnerships that redefine life for older adults, today and into the future. The following timeline identifies our major milestones.

1961

Porter Hills Village planning committee formed

1964

Porter Hills Presbyterian Village incorporates in the State of Michigan

1968

Porter Hills Village ground breaking ceremony

1970

Porter Hills Village opens in Grand Rapids Township offering residential living and skilled nursing

1972

Town home residential living added to Porter Hills Village

1974

Assisted living services developed at Porter Hills Village

1982

Garden Apartments West residential living added to Porter Hills Village

1986

Residential Memory Care at Porter Hills Village opens

1988

Garden Apartments East residential living added to Porter Hills Village

1992

Health Center completed, Generations Child Development Center opened and chapel added to Porter Hills Village

1993

Porter Hills Village receives national accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), the first in West Michigan (and re-accredited in subsequent years)

1995

Porter Hills Foundation established

1997

Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta is acquired, offering residential living plus services and assisted living

Walker Meadow affordable housing community opens in Walker

Porter Hills Home Health Care and Private Duty agencies established

1998

Harvest Way affordable housing community opens in Sparta

1999

Oak Ridge affordable housing community opens in Grand Rapids

Martindill Wellness Center opens at Porter Hills Village

2000

Sparta Senior Neighbor Center located at Harvest Way opens

River Grove affordable housing community opens in Belmont

Cook Valley Estates opens in Grand Rapids Township, offering estate homes and residential living apartments

Porter Hills Rehabilitation, LLC established

2002

Additional estate homes added to Cook Valley Estates

Bailey’s Grove affordable housing community opens in Kentwood

2003

Porter Hills Village renovation begins

2004

Additional town homes added to Porter Hills Village

Residential living town homes added to Cook Valley Estates

Additional assisted living added to Meadowlark Retirement Village

CHAP accreditation for Home Health and Private Duty

2005

Station Creek affordable housing community opens in Caledonia

2006

Porter Hills receives Advancing Women in Leadership Award from The Women’s Resource Center

Meijer-Hadley Wellness Center opens at Cook Valley Estates

2008

Larry Yachcik named President/CEO

Porter Hills voted The Best Retirement Community by Grand Rapids Magazine readers for the fourth consecutive year

2009

Formal affiliation with Gerontology Network

THE GREEN HOUSE Homes® open as two 10-bed residences in Grand Rapids Township; receive Award of Excellence in Green Building by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

LifeCircles Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) opens in Muskegon

2010

40th anniversary!

I Prefer® Porter Hills program launches

THE GREEN HOUSE Homes® earn Silver LEED Certification

2011

Collaboration established with Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids to form Marywood Circle

2012

Emmanuel Hospice planned with partners Clark Retirement Community, St. Ann’s Home, and Sunset Retirement Communities & Services

Porter Hills honored as one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan by the Michigan Business and Professional Association, for the 10th consecutive year

Goodwill Industries recognized Porter Hills as employer of the year in the category of innovation

Launch of Avenues, by Porter Hills

Porter Hills Home Care awarded 2012 Work Based Learning Site of the Year by the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center

2013

Pillar Award received from the Women’s Resource Center for Empowering Women at Work

Leading Age Michigan awarded Porter Hills its Leading Edge Care & Services for distinguished services to a Leading Age member

Emmanuel Hospice and Maywood Home Health received CHAP Certification

Marywood Health Center received licensing for 32 beds

TANDEM365 began operations

2014

TANDEM365 began enrollment of their initial participants and entered into an agreement for a pilot program with Priority Health.

LifeCircles expansion in Muskegon broke ground and later received approval to increase participant level

Cook Valley Estates and Meadowlark Retirement Village scored in the top 10% nationwide in the annual resident satisfaction survey

Marywood Health Center received licensing for the 17 remaining beds

2015

LifeCircles opens in Holland, and is approved by the State for 175 PACE participants

Porter Hills Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary

Cook Valley Estates celebrates 15th anniversary

Meadowlark kicked off construction of the Memory Care Household

2016

Porter Hills’ GREEN HOUSE® Homes dedicated as the Dr. Robert and Lynn Browne Green House® Homes

2017

Meadowlark Retirement Village receives State Licensing approval for Memory Care

Larry Yachcik, President/CEO retired in September

2018

Porter Hills honored as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan by the Michigan Business and Professional Association, for the 16th consecutive year

Meadowlark Retirement Village Assisted Living Household Project receives Leading-Edge Care & Services Award – Service Excellence x from LeadingAge Michigan.

Porter Hills and GVSU Intergenerational Learning Academy receive Leading-Edge Care & Services – Service Excellence Leading-Edge Care & Services Award – Service Excellence award from LeadingAge Michigan. from LeadingAge Michigan.