LSS The Good Shepherd (TGS), located in Ashland’s historic district, has been serving senior adults in Ashland County since 1956, thanks to the hopes and dreams of a few local pastors and congregations.
In the 50s, north central Ohio was the only area in the state without a suitable Lutheran home for elderly people in need of care. A few Good Samaritans stepped up to appoint a planning committee and on March 7, 1956, The Good Shepherd Home for the Aged was incorporated and chartered.
The first hurdle was to find a suitable location and raise the necessary funds to start building. In 1957, the J. L. Clark family of Ashland gave a gift of a completely furnished 23-room mansion with spacious landscaped grounds located on Center Street in Ashland. The generous gift of the Clark family moved the establishment of The Good Shepherd five years ahead of schedule. At once, the various Lutheran churches in the area and interested individuals rallied to raise funds to meet state requirements. On December 3, 1958, The Good Shepherd received its first resident, Ms. Lola Stewart.
Care Through the Years
Over the years, TGS has provided quality patient care and has advanced competitive service lines to meet increasing demands in the long-term care industry. The Good Shepherd has adapted to changes in health care dynamics and market trends, specifically the transformation in health care from simply housing and caring for sick and elderly people to the more clinically complex skilled and rehabilitative nursing treatment that exists today.
Now, The Good Shepherd Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation cares for many of the area’s seniors not only for long term care but also in short-term recovery from common diseases, conditions and surgeries.
Today, TGS is proudly owned and operated by Lutheran Social Services, a social service agency dedicated to serving people in need. LSS is committed to responding to the growing needs of our communities to create a seamless and comprehensive caring network of hope.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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