JOHNSTON, Iowa – The very first nursing home for senior citizens in Des Moines celebrated its 75th anniversary Wednesday.
Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, located at 5837 Winwood Dr., Johnston, was founded by the Sisters of Mercy – the same women who founded Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines – on Clark Street 75 years ago today. Originally assisting 35 elderly men and women, it soon outgrew its capacity, and a larger location was finally opened in Johnston in 1986.
The idea for the nursing home came from Bishop Thomas Drumm in the 1930s, who felt the need for elderly care in Des Moines was not being met. Bishop Drumm passed away before the idea could come to fruition, but the Sisters of Mercy chose to name the center after him.
The celebration Wednesday included a grill-out in the parking lot of the retirement home, as well as a performance from the Des Moines Isiserettes.
Today Bishop Drumm serves over 150 senior citizens in the community, offering senior living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.