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Our community

 

Located on a beautifully-landscaped 15-acre campus, Bishop Drumm Retirement Center offers high quality care with a Christian approach. The continuing presence of the Sisters of Mercy provides that special quality of Christian love and understanding that has endured at Bishop Drumm since 1939.

The continuum of care on the campus offers the perfect solution for those who seek a quality living environment where they can 'age in place.' Bishop Drumm is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). In simple terms, a CCRC provides multiple levels of care on the same campus, to residents for an extended period of time. A CCRC enables residents to stay with the same organization even though their care needs may change. Bishop Drumm offers four primary living options on the campus:

Bishop Drumm Care Center – A licensed nursing facility
Martina Place Assisted Living Residence – A certified assisted living facility
McAuley Terrace – Independent living for the well elderly

Many of our residents initially move to McAuley Terrace Apartments where they need few services and can enjoy the companionship of other independent residents. As time goes by, residents of McAuley Terrace may develop the need for assistance with their daily living activities such as cooking, dressing or grooming. In this event, it's reassuring to know that higher levels of care are available without having to move from the campus. 

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center is a member organization of CHI Living Communities, a subsidiary of CommonSpirit Health. CHI Living Communities provides comprehensive care in a variety of living options, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. 

Mission, vision, and values

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Mission

As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.

Vision

A healthier future for all - inspired by faith, driven by innovation, and powered by our humanity.

Values

Compassion

  • Care with listening, empathy and love.
  • Accompany and comfort those in need of healing.

 

Inclusion

  • Celebrate each person’s gifts and voice.
  • Respect the dignity of all.

 

Integrity

  • Inspire trust through honesty.
  • Demonstrate courage in the face of inequity.

 

Excellence

  • Serve with fullest passion, creativity and stewardship.
  • Exceed expectations of others and ourselves.

 

Collaboration

  • Commit to the power of working together.
  • Build and nurture meaningful relationships.

Our staff


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Executive Director

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Executive Director


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Activities Director

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Activities Director


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Director of Nursing (Bishop Drumm)

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Director of Nursing (Bishop Drumm)


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Director of Marketing 

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Director of Marketing 


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Director of Nursing - Assisted Living

 

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Director of Nursing - Assisted Living

 


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Human Resources Director

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Human Resources Director


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Activity Coordinator (McAuley Terrace)

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Activity Coordinator (McAuley Terrace)


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Director of Dietary

 

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Director of Dietary

 


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Director of Facilities

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Director of Facilities


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Director of Nursing (Martina Place)

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Director of Nursing (Martina Place)


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Assistant Director of Nursing (Bishop Drumm)

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Assistant Director of Nursing (Bishop Drumm)


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Senior Director of Clinical Services

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Senior Director of Clinical Services


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Activities Coordinator (Bishop Drumm)

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Activities Coordinator (Bishop Drumm)


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Staff Development Coordinator

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Staff Development Coordinator


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Social Worker

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Social Worker


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Activities Coordinator (Martina Place)

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Activities Coordinator (Martina Place)


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Business Office Manager

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Business Office Manager

Giving

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“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

CHI Living Communities has provided long and short-term care to residents and their families with a focus on the core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence for many years. With the philanthropic support of donors, we are able to extend that excellent care at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center and support initiatives that might not otherwise be available.

As a 501 (c)(3) organization, Bishop Drumm Retirement Center has made the commitment to provide the highest level of physical and spiritual care to area residents for as long as they need us, even if they have outlived their resources. Your charitable gifts will help support residents on our campus who may require financial assistance. So you can see why your support is so important to our mission.

To continue to enhance our mission, we accept donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations who have an interest in seeing us continue our service to the residents, their families and the greater community. Contributions to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center may be sent us at:

5837 Winwood Drive
Johnston, Iowa 50131

Besides outright cash gifts, there are many other ways to give to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center.

Ways to give

Cash

The most popular and easiest way to make a gift is by cash or check. When paying by check, please make check payable to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center.

Securities

Ownership of stocks and/or bonds can be transferred to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center as a charitable gift. The value of your gift depends upon the market price of these assets when they are given. You may be entitled to a significant charitable deduction on your income tax return for a gift of appreciated securities.

Planned gifts

Making a planned gift to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center is a great way to ensure income for you and your beneficiary, achieve tax benefits and help make certain that quality care is available to our residents and their families for the future. Some examples of planned gifts include:

  • Making a provision in your will or living trust of a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate will benefit Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. A charitable bequest allows you to keep control of your assets during your lifetime and make a gift to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center at the same time while receiving a reduction in estate taxes. To ensure compliance with your wishes and to receive current recognition for your bequest gift, it is important to document your gift with us.
  • Life Insurance– A gift of life insurance often allows you to provide a more substantial gift in the future than you might think possible. Bishop Drumm Retirement Center can be named as the beneficiary of a paid-up/existing policy or a newly purchased policy. You receive a charitable deduction for the cash value of the policy and a deduction for the premiums going forward.
  • Retirement Plan Assets – IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement benefits can be one of the most efficient forms of planned giving. By naming Bishop Drumm Retirement Center as a beneficiary for a percentage or specified amount of the account, estate and income taxes on that gift can be avoided entirely.
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, Annuity Trusts and Retained Life Estates – These are also mutually beneficial options for supporting the organization and achieving tax benefits. Please contact your tax advisor for more information.

Gifts in kind

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center strives to create the most comfortable home-like atmosphere possible. This includes the quality and attractiveness of furnishings, equipment and accessories for parties and other activities, as well as items that improve the quality of resident life or the effectiveness of the staff.

Investment opportunities

Unrestricted support

These valuable gifts will allow Bishop Drumm Retirement Center to maximize its impact on the residents we serve. Unrestricted gifts are applied to the most pressing needs of Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in fulfilling its mission.

Designated gifts

These are gifts made to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center which are designated by the donor at the time the gift is made. Gifts can be made to support specific programs such as the following:

  • Benevolent care fund
  • Chapel fund
  • Recreation activities
  • Capital improvements

Memorial/honorary gift

Memorial and honorary gifts are a significant and meaningful way to recognize the importance of someone special. Donors may make these types of contributions to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center by noting such at the time the gift is made. A note will be sent to the honoree or to the family acknowledging the gift on behalf of the donor. Gift amounts are kept confidential.

In addition to donations, Bishop Drumm Retirement Center hosts fund raising events throughout the year. If you have an interest in donating to help support our mission, would like to be added to our mailing list or would like information about attending one of our fund raising events, please contact us by phone at (515) 270-1100.

Your gift will be important to those who will call Bishop Drumm Retirement Center home… and to their families. Your gift gives peace. Your gift provides loving care.

As always, before making financial decisions, please consult a qualified financial advisor to ensure that the gift you are considering is right for you.

Volunteer

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Rewarding. Satisfying. Meaningful.

There is no better feeling than the satisfaction that comes with volunteering your time, knowing that you touched someone’s life.

At Bishop Drumm, we offer volunteers an added benefit: the collective wisdom, experiences and love of our residents. These are people who have lived life to its fullest, and they have so much to share. So when you volunteer your time – even if it’s a few hours a month – you’ll get something in return – an unforgettable, rewarding experience that will stay with you through your entire life.

Bishop Drumm volunteers support the staff in providing the highest quality of life for the residents. So we find responsibilities for you that best serve your interests and our needs. But our program also works to ensure that the experience is rewarding for you as well. We want to provide opportunities for your personal growth, skill development, and meaningful service. Special skills and talents are always welcome (and needed), but the only thing that’s truly required is the ability to smile and laugh. It’s what makes Bishop Drumm Retirement Center home.

The following are some volunteer opportunities that may interest you.

  • Group activity assistance
  • Fundraising projects
  • Craft helper
  • Dining assistance
  • Administrative work such as filing and general office needs
  • Volunteer reader
  • Companion/visitor

For more information about how you can get started, please contact us at (515) 270-1100.

History

Bishop Drumm's rich mission-driven history of providing quality health care in Johnston, Iowa began over 80 years ago. We continue that tradition today as we plan new programs to meet our residents’ future health care needs.

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Bishop Drumm building dedication in 1939

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Bishop Drumm’s first location in Des Moines at 9th and Clark

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This is the Chapel from the first Bishop Drumm building

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Residents in the 1940s

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Residents in the 1940s

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1950s

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1960s

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Groundbreaking for new Bishop Drumm in Johnston in 1970s

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Sisters Neighborhood

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Chapel, outside view

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Chapel, inside view

In collaboration with the congregation of Humility of Mercy, a 30 bed wing called the Sisters Neighborhood and our Lady of Peace Chapel opened in 1995.

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Martina Place our Assisted Living Residence building opened in 1997.

In 2018, Bishop Drumm became the first nursing home in the state of Iowa to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, a symbol of quality that reflects commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.

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In 2019, with the ministry alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives & Dignity Health, Bishop Drumm became part of Common Spirit Health; the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the United States, serving 1 in 4 Americans.

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