Valley View Village Senior Community in eastern Des Moines broke ground this afternoon on a  new $12 million health center. The health center, which is expected to take 12 to 14 months to complete, is part of an ongoing update of the not-for-profit continuum of care community, which completed a $6 million assisted living building in 2010.


Located at 2571 Valley View Drive, the new health center will include 79 mostly private rooms with private bathrooms, a specialized area for dementia and memory care, a transitional care area for short-term, specialized therapy and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym. The rooms and common areas will provide a homelike atmosphere for residents. The new facility will replace a building that was constructed in 1963.


Valley View Village said it has raised approximately $600,000 toward the project cost so far through a capital campaign.


Plans for a third phase to expand Valley View Village's memory care and catered apartments in the current assisted living building will begin following completion of the new health center, officials said in a release.  


The senior community, which serves approximately 220 residents across its independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care areas, was acquired in 2007 by Elim Care, a senior housing and health care ministry affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Elim Care recently completed a $3.3 million expansion of Newton Village in Newton.