MT. PLEASANT — As the Elvis impersonator made his way around the room, the residents of Sunnybrook in Mt. Pleasant bopped their heads to his smooth voice and watched him dance with smiles on their faces.
The senior assisted living facility celebrated 15 years in the community last Friday with food, music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Residents from Sunnybrook locations across southeast Iowa and members of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance gathered in the lobby for a party.
Jason Murphy, the executive director of the Mt. Pleasant location, said he’s excited for the facility to continue providing good health care to the community.
“I think it’s rewarding for us and the community to have us here. We enjoy taking care of the residents. I think it’s exciting and we’re looking forward to another 15 years. Right now, we want to continue the success that we have and continue to offer first class health care to the community,” Murphy said.
Marketing director for Sunnybrook, Cody Flietner, said the facility also hopes to continue to engage both the community and their residents.
“15 years is a pretty big milestone, especially with it being assisted living because it’s kind of a new animal to people … we’re very much engaged with our residents, they’re like family to us,” Flietner said, “We’re very community involved as well. We really enjoy that and the residents do too.”
To kick off the celebration, Kristi Ray, the executive vice president of the Chamber, officiated the ribbon cutting. Ray said facilities like Sunnybrook are important for communities, especially for small towns like Mt. Pleasant.
“We’re just so lucky to have quality care for the people in this community. The older adults deserve a place like Sunnybrook and I will tell you that from around town, I hear nothing but wonderful comments … we’re just really blessed to have Sunnybrook in town,” she said.
Residents of the facility, Ruth and Bob Willits, were given the honor of cutting the red ribbon.
The Willits, who have lived in the facility for about a year, said they feel very well taken care of at Sunnybrook.
“We like the food. We’re thankful for the staff. They’re more than friendly and helpful,” Bob said.
“It’s exciting that we get to celebrate with them,” Ruth added.
But even though the Willits were excited for the celebration, they admitted that they were not Elvis fans.
“There’s one song of his that we have appropriated for ourselves and that is the only song I like. It is ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,’ that’s Ruth and my song,” Bob said.