Concordia Lutheran Ministries celebrated its 138th year in service to God and His people in 2019. The organization evolved from a small, safe haven for orphan children to one of today's premier continuing care retirement communities in the nation. It's a remarkable story filled with practicality and leaps of faith; discord and harmony; tragedy and joy; uncertain finances and unexpected providence.
In 1881, local religious leaders began exploring options for how to address the growing orphan population in the region. They became aware of the Oertel family, who owned a 46-acre farm in Marwood (now Cabot), who were not blessed with children themselves. It was then that the seed was planted for what would eventually become the Concordia Lutheran Ministries we know and love today.
Margaretha Oertel ceded her 46-acre farm to those local ministers in memory of her late husband, Christian, on December 4, 1882. The Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Home for Orphans and the Aged was one of the area's first facilities dedicated to serving the special needs of those groups.
Current President and CEO Keith E. Frndak arrived in August 1983, and by 1990, the first retirement living apartment (Concordia Haven Apartments – Haven I) opened. Five years later, Haven II was completed. In 1998, Concordia dedicated a new personal care, skilled nursing care facility, the Lund Care Center. Home care and rehabilitation services were added to the continuum at this time. In 2002 the third retirement living apartment building, Haven III, was built.
In the fall of 2006, the Lund Care Center (our administrative headquarters on the Concordia at Cabot campus) was expanded to double the space for patient care/personal care residence and focus on rehabilitation services, including an aquatic therapy pool, doctor's offices and diagnostic and laboratory services. But the new personal care rooms became home temporarily for more than 100 retirement living residents who were displaced following a fire on November 5, 2006 that destroyed our first retirement living building, Haven I.
Since 2000, Concordia has grown exponentially outside of its home base of Cabot, PA. The organization has acquired a number of senior care locations in western Pennsylvania: Concordia at the Orchard in Butler, Concordia at Ridgewood Place in Plum Borough, Concordia at Rebecca Residence in Allison Park, Concordia of the South Hills, Concordia of Cranberry, Concordia of Fox Chapel, Concordia of Franklin Park, Concordia of Wexford, Concordia of Monroeville and Harmony Physical Rehabilitation; and in November 2012 our first out-of-Pennsylvania addition, Concordia at Sumner, located in Copley, Ohio. We welcomed our second out-of-state addition in May 2018, Concordia Village of Tampa, in Tampa, Florida, along with Concordia at Villa St. Joseph in Baden, PA. We have also grown through construction and expansion projects, namely Highpointe at Rebecca, a retirement living community adjacent to Rebecca Residence, in 2017.
Our Home & Community Services offerings have grown in leaps and bounds as well. We currently have four organizations that provide valuable services in the patient’s/client’s home: Concordia Visiting Nurses, which is a partnership between Concordia, Butler Health System, Heritage Valley Health System, St. Clair Hospital and Washington Health System; Good Samaritan Hospice, which is a partnership between Concordia, Heritage Valley Health System and Butler Health System; Concordia Private Care; and Concordia Hospice of Washington, which is affiliated with the Washington Health System.
For more information or to obtain a copy of our history book "We Put Our Faith In Caring," please call the public relations department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266 or toll free at 1-888-352-1571.