Ebenezer, innovating since 1917
Ebenezer, which means "stone of help," was founded in 1917 by Minneapolis Lutherans to provide community-centered care for homeless older adults and others in need. Over the years Ebenezer’s history of firsts has positioned us well for the future.
Programs and services today include:
Programs and services today include:
- Independent Living (including condominiums, cooperatives and senior apartments)
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
- Transitional and Long-term Care
- Adult and Intergenerational Day Programs
- Community-based Services
- Management and Consulting Services
- The Ebenezer Foundation
Part of Fairview Health Services since 1995, our combined resources and expertise offer access to a full range of choices for vibrant senior living. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, we are also part of an academic health system improving the patient’s clinical experience, conduct nation-leading research and achieve academic prominence.
Ebenezer prepares for the future
The Ebenezer executive team is focused on the future. As health care evolves and the senior population grows, new ways of providing senior services — from housing to health care — challenge us to be creative and inventive.
Our record of innovation will serve us well as we continue to work to improve the health of the communities we serve through preventive health programs and use of new technologies. With technologies like Healthsense’s eNeighbor® Remote Monitoring System that predicts health status change, we will seek to enhance quality of life, while reducing emergency room visits, hospitalizations and hospital readmissions. We will establish new and cost-effective care models that provide the right care at the right time in the right place from the right provider.
A history of "firsts"
Continuous growth and innovation have been important ingredients to Ebenezer’s success. Some examples include:
- 1967: Ebenezer was a key founding member of the long-term care trade association Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance (MHHA), now known as Aging Services of Minnesota.
- 1978: 7500 York Cooperative opened as the first privately-sponsored senior housing cooperative in the nation.
- 1980: Ebenezer Park Apartments opened as the first apartment-style housing in Minnesota for residents who use wheelchairs and those who are hearing and visually impaired.
- 1985: Ebenezer was a co-developer with Group Health (now HealthPartners) to establish a Senior HMO called Seniors Plus, one of only six nationwide.
- 1985: Ebenezer developed the first sub-acute and transitional skilled nursing facility in Minnesota, called the Caroline Center.
- 2001: Ebenezer’s Horticultural Therapy program, along with the spiritual care and healing garden, was awarded the Innovation of the Year award by MHHA.
- 2006: Deer Crest opened in Red Wing; our first site to have sensor technology in every apartment.
- 2007: Loren Studio and Fine Arts Program won the 2007 MHHA “Excellence in Practice” award.
- 2009: the Ebenezer Ridges Campus received the Shared Site Award from Generations United. The national award honored an organization that has made outstanding contributions to uniting the generations through intergenerational shared sites.
- 2010: the Ebenezer Ridges campus received the Generations United/MetLife Foundation Intergenerational Shared Site Excellence Award to honor sites that champion best practices of intergenerational programs to raise the visibility of them and to encourage the development of new models.
- 2011: Ebenezer York Gardens opens in April as the first assisted living community connected to a senior cooperative in the Minneapolis metro region. In keeping with Ebenezer’s “green” philosophy, the building will have geothermal heating/cooling systems and an onsite recycling center.