History of Laurel View Village

Celebrating 25 years in 2017

Aerial Photo of Laurel View Village Campus

1981

Vision set by eight local Mennonite Churches.

1983

Allegheny Christian Ministries established.

Nonprofit, interdenominational corporation organized to manage the effort.

1991

Lee Health Initiatives, Inc. joined the effort and provided key funding to launch the project.

1992

Health Care and Personal Care Centers opened.

First part of the Village opened with 60-bed Skilled Nursing unit and 32 Personal Care suites.

1995

Vista Apartments and first Townhomes opened. Village added 55 independent living Vista Apartments and 5 duplex Townhomes.

1999-2007

Additional Townhomes added to campus. Construction of additional Townhomes brings total neighborhood residence units to 60.

2007

Fire destroyed Vista wing, thankfully no injuries. Fire caused by lightning strike destroys Vista wing.

2008

Vista Apartments were completely rebuilt. Vista Apartments re-open. Click for Newspaper Account of Ribbon Cutting.

2014

Home Care for Residents of Vista, Cambridge Place and Townhomes. New department brings option for in-home care to our independent living residents.

2014

Grant received to establish mobile dental services at the Village. Mobile Dental Clinic to bring care for residents who cannot travel to dentist office.

2014

CEO Dan Marsh resigns. Tim Mock was appointed Acting CEO, as Trustees began search for new CEO.

2015

Michelle Rasseler appointed CEO; Tim Mock named CFO. Michelle Rassler, from northeast PA, brings new management to the Village.

Dave Mishler Founding CEO with John Augustine, Trustee
Dave Mishler Founding CEO with John Augustine, Trustee

Oral history adds a personal dimension to our story. Here we present an informal video interview with Bob Barrett, who grew up in this area, served in our nation’s armed forces and then accepted a position in the U.S. Dept. of the Interior in the Mine Health and Safety Administration. When Bob returned to his hometown, he was asked to help with the fledgling Laurel View Village project. We are pleased to present his recollections of how Laurel View Village came to be. Click arrow above to play video.