Stonehill Communities (former Stonehill Franciscan Services) is a faith-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) health and wellness community serving older adults in and around Dubuque, Iowa. Our history has been filled with innovation, expansion, and service enhancements, all with the needs of residents and families in mind. Since its founding in 1978, Stonehill has seen continuous growth and innovation made possible by strong leadership; commitment to our Franciscan values of Compassion, Hospitality, Stewardship, and Reverence; and community support.
The history of Stonehill can be traced all the way back to 1878 when the Franciscan Sisters were invited to Dubuque to carry out their ministries. In 1978, Stonehill was founded and the new state-of-the-art 250-bed Stonehill Care Center was opened. In 1999, Assisi Village was added as an independent living apartment complex. Within 10 years, however, the need for assisted living services had grown, and some of the apartments were converted to assisted living. Post-acute rehabilitation and therapy services were also added to the continuum at this time. In 2013, through the Community Caring for Community Campaign, Stonehill added a four story building of resident households including a memory care unit, and opened the Stonehill Wellness Center. In 2019, a dedicated palliative/hospice care unit was created to uniquely meet the needs of individuals with chronic or life-limiting illnesses. In 2021, a critical service need was met with the expansion of Assisi Village that added assisted living memory care to our campus. Current services include: a Wellness Center; Independent Living Apartments and Villas; Assisted Living Apartments; Assisted Living Memory Care Apartments, a Short-Term Rehabilitation Households; A Memory Care Household; Long-Term Care; a Palliative/Hospice Care Household, Outpatient Rehabilitation Program with Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy.
Stonehill Communities employs nearly 400 staff and serves about 800 residents each year, as well as 1,000 community wellness members.