About us

The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.

Corporate Office

8861 75 Street, Edmonton, AB

goodsaminfo@gss.org

1-780-431-3600

History

History and Chronology of The Good Samaritan Society

The Good Samaritan Society was established in 1949 and opened its first auxiliary hospital in 1955.

The Society was created through the donation of Mr. Gottlieb Wedman, a Leduc farmer, who made a donation to the Lutheran Church to be used to help provide care for the elderly. Since those early days, The Society has grown considerably, and today we serve over 6,000 individuals, annually with programs and care homes in Alberta and British Columbia.

1949

1949

 

Gottlieb Wedman makes a donation for the care of aging persons.

1955

1955

 

Auxiliary Hospital opens with 70 beds.

1965

1965

 

Mount Pleasant Care Centre opens with 182 beds.

1967

1967

 

Auxiliary Hospital adds 30 beds.

1968

1968

 

Stony Plain Care Centre opens with 75 beds.

1972

Stony Plain Care Centre adds 15 beds.

1973

1973

 

Southgate Care Centre opens with 225 beds.

1977

1977

 

Pineview Residence opens for 42 persons with developmental disabilities.

1980

1980

 

Central Services facility opens to provide laundry, maintenance, and other support services.

1982

1982

 

First community living homes are opened for disabled persons.

1983

1983

 

Good Samaritan Seniors apartment opens in the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood.

1987

TeleCare® (formally Lifeline) emergency response service was introduced.

1988

1988

 

Auxiliary Hospital is entirely rebuilt for modernization.

1991

Home Support services are offered to residents who live in their own homes.

1994

1994

 

Wedman House, first assisted living facility, opens with 30 beds.

1995

1995

 

Mill Woods Centre, second assisted living facility opens with 60 beds.

1997

1997

 

  • George Hennig Place in Stony Plain, an assisted living facility, opens with 30 suites.
  • Spruce Grove Centre, an assisted living facility, opens with 30 beds.

2001

2001

 

South Ridge Village opens. The village includes three dementia care cottages for 30 residents, and in the main building, 50 continuing care beds, 42 supportive housing rental suites and an adult day program.

2002

2002

 

  • Good Samaritan Canada (GSC) is formed in response to the need for a non-profit that added thousands of new assisted living and complex care beds in British Columbia.
  • Mountain View Centre in Hinton, Alberta, opens. This complex includes 25 continuing care units, which include a five-bed dementia care cottage, 27 supportive housing suites and a day program.
  • Vista Village in Pincher Creek, Alberta, opens. This complex contains 55 assisted living suites and 15 supportive housing units consisting of five short-term stay suites and two five-bedroom dementia care cottages.
  • Mountainview Village in Kelowna, British Columbia, opens. This complex includes 37 assisted living suites and 68 independent living apartments.

2003

2003

 

  • Pembina Village in Evansburg, Alberta, opens. This complex includes 30 continuing care beds, a 10-bed dementia care cottage and 30 supportive living suites.
  • Park Meadows Village in Lethbridge, Alberta, opens. This complex includes four 10-bed dementia care cottages and 45 assisted living suites.
  • Village by the Station in Penticton, British Columbia opens four 10-bed dementia care cottages.

2004

2004

 

  • Village by the Station in Penticton, British Columbia opens 60 resident care beds, 35 assisted living suites and a day program.
  • The Manor At Royal Oak Village in Lacombe, Alberta opens 23 supportive living suites and 50 independent living apartments.
  • Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta opens 30 continuing care beds, a 10-bed dementia care cottage, 30 supportive living suites, 12 independent living apartments and a day program.
  • The Seniors’ Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta opens with the ability to provide community support to 1,000 clients.

2005

2005

 

  • Hillside Village in Salmon Arm opens 75 Licensed Residential Care Beds housed in five 12-bed cottages and one 15-bed cottage.
  • Mount Pleasant Care Centre in Edmonton closes its continuing care program.
  • West Highland Centre opens in Lethbridge with 90 Designated Assisted Living Suites, one 10-bed Dementia Care Cottage and 49 Independent Living Apartments.

2006

2006

 

  • Christenson Village in Gibsons, BC opens 50 Complex Care Beds, 60 Assisted Living Suites and 30 Cottage Care Beds.
  • Mountainview Village in Kelowna, BC opens Phase II of the building consisting of and additional 52 Assisted Living Suites and 15 Independent Living Apartments (Life Lease).
  • Pioneer Lodge in Salmon Arm, BC opens 30 Assisted Living Suites.
  • Magrath Community Health Centre in Magrath, AB opens 25 Assisted Living Suites and 10 Cottage Care beds.
  • Stony Plain Re-development – A 30-bed Dementia Care Cottage opens in Stony Plain, AB.
  • Heron Grove in Vernon, BC opens Phase I, which includes 40 Assisted Living Suites and 15 Independent Living Apartments (Life Lease).
  • Mountainview Village in Kelowna, BC opens 90 Complex Care Suites in Phase III of this facility.

2008

2008

 

  • Victoria Heights in New Westminster, BC opens 59 Assisted Living Suites.
  • Wexford Creek in Nanaimo, BC opens 40 Assisted Living Suites, 80 Complex Care beds and three 10-bed Dementia Care Cottages.

2009

2009

 

Prairie Ridge in Raymond, AB opens 55 Assisted Living Suites and 30 Geriatric Mental Health Care Beds.

2010

2010

 

Vista Village in Pincher Creek, AB opens an additional 20 Assisted Living Suites and 20 Independent Living Suites.

2011

2011

 

  • Lee Crest in Cardston, Alberta opens 60 Assisted Living Suites, two 12-Bed Dementia Care Cottages, 6 Couple Suites (1 bedroom) and 5 Community Support Beds.
  • Linden View in Taber opens 64 Supportive Living suites, three 12-Bed Dementia Care Cottages and 5 Community Support beds.
  • Phase 2 of the new Stony Plain Care Centre opens 120 Long Term Care beds.