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Reynolds, residents get sneak peek inside Savannah Heights

Newly constructed skilled nursing facility brings quite a crowd for ribbon cutting, open house
Feb 16, 2018
Photo by: Karyn Spory It was all laughs as Capstone Management President and Owner, Linda Juckette, and Gov. Kim Reynolds, cut the ribbon on Juckette’s newest skilled nursing facility, Savannah Heights. An open house was held for the facility on Thursday, Feb. 15.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


Ralph Breazeale is ready to move into his new home, especially after receiving a sneak peek into the new 53,000 square-foot skilled nursing center, Savannah Heights, Thursday night during an open house.

Breazeale, who has lived at Mt. Pleasant’s Pleasant Manor for the past five years, will be one of 30 residents to move from that facility to the new Savannah Heights, located behind Hy-Vee. Pleasant Manor and Savannah Heights are both properties from Capstone Management, which has nursing facilities across the Mid-West.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. When asked what he’s most looking forward to, he thought for a moment before saying, “everyone having their own bathroom.”

“This is quite nice,” remarked Mt. Pleasant resident, Marilyn Bennett. “It’s really up to date with the barn doors (in the bathrooms). They must watch Joanne and Chip (Gains on HGTV’s Fixer Upper).”

Bennett said she thought Savannah Heights was quite the improvement over the current facility. Besides the amenities like the salon and movie theater, Bennett said just the amount of large windows in the building made it feel very cheery and welcoming, something she thought the residents would like. “I hope they get it open (soon) so people can enjoy it.”

As to a move-in date, Savannah Heights Administrator Penny Moellers said it will be “very soon.” There are still a few finishing touches that need to be done. Before the open house began, the truck carrying the ceiling tiles showed up. And Moellers said the facility still needs to have its inspection from the fire marshal.

The facility will have 50 beds, 30 being filled by Pleasant Manor residents and 20 from new members.

Linda Juckette, president and owner of Capstone Management, said once she took over the business from her late-husband’s family, the first thing she did was walk around the facilities praying, asking how she could make the properties her husband and his brothers had built better for the residents and the employees. “Mt. Pleasant was the first building I said it was going to be a total rebuild, for a number of reasons. But I thought this community has been so good for us, we need to give something back to this community and that is this building,” she said.

Juckette was joined by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. Reynolds said the opening of Savannah Heights was important to her because Mt. Pleasant is her second home. Reynolds and her husband lived in Mt. Pleasant for seven years during the 1980s.

“We talk a lot about making Iowa a place that’s overflowing with opportunity and that’s the kind of opportunity created by investments like those that are made here at Capstone, not only in this facility and community, but in it’s people,” Reynolds said. “It’s all about connecting education and training to the workplace and that’s just exactly what Capstone is doing with local community colleges and trying to put together programs that will really invest in our people.”

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Steve Brimhall also addressed the crowd and remarked on the outstanding week the community was having. “This is a heck of a deal. One day I’m welcoming Peggy Whitson (NASA astronaut), today I’m welcoming the Governor and Lt. Governor, and of course the boss over here,” he joked nodding toward Juckette.

Brimhall congratuated Juckette on the state-of-the-art facility and said he is looking forward to future collaborations between Capstone and the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance Executive Vice President Kristi Ray added that Savannah Heights was only the beginning. “She owns 12 acres out here so what comes next is up to her, but she has talked to us and she’s not done.”

Ray added that she hopes the residents of Mt. Pleasant realize the impact the facility will have on the area. “It’s such an honor when people decide to put their investments in our community. This kind of stuff doesn’t come along every day,” she said. “This kind of stuff could have gone to any town in Iowa and she chose Mt. Pleasant.”

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