Healthcare

Quality,modern hospital facilities are readily available to meet health-related emergencies.

Sturgis Hospital is owned by the municipality and boasts a 55bed acute care facility that was built in 1970; an expansion was added in 1981. The hospital is well-managed, with regional connections that offer great opportunities for new practitioners. To offer a complete health care package, more than 40 physicians encompassing many specialties staff the facility.

The hospital employs over 400 personnel in various departments, including medical imaging, diagnostic testing, laser and laparoscopic surgery, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, and social services, and operates a sleep disorder clinic and numerous specialty outpatient clinics.

The Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary numbers over 200 staff members working in 14 specialized guilds, providing a number of services for hospital patients and their families, the staff, and the community.

The Grobhiser Medical Building, built in 1925, has been extensively renovated to house the new oncology specialty clinics as well as many physicians’ offices. It is connected to the hospital via an enclosed walkway.

The staff is courteous and friendly and is ready to assist with all questions or needs of those coming into the hospital.

A large parking lot at the back of the hospital, close to the entrance, makes access safe and convenient. Much thought and care was put into the creation of this lovely hospital.

Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County features a trained staff, offering behavioral healthcare services and programs.

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Case Management & Supports Coordination
  • Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
  • Early Childhood Services
  • Adult, Children’s, and Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling & Therapy
  • Psychiatric/Medical Clinic
  • Community Living Supports (CLS)
  • Adult & Children’s Clubhouse Programs
  • Wellness & Recovery (Peer Support Services)

The St. Joseph County Health Center (SJCHC) is a clinic offering full service healthcare and is open to all members of the public. It offers a complete range of medical services provided by a staff that currently includes a physician, physician’s assistant, two medical assistants, and two front- desk receptionists. The clinic believes the best approach to wellness involves treating both the body and mind. This approach to healthcare addresses the whole person by integrating behavioral services into primary care. By combining the expertise of primary care (adult, family practice, pediatric) and mental health professionals, they are able to treat the whole person to ensure that each individual’s needs are identified and met.

Healthy citizens create a healthy community and their staff is composed of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses who can provide an array of services designated to treat current medical issues.

Health Centers are playing an essential role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nationwide, health centers have expanded their current outreach and enrollment assistance activities to facilitate the enrollment of millions of eligible health center patients and service area residents into affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Department is a full-service public health department that provides prevention services, immunizations, health promotions, environmental programs and more.

There are many health professionals living and practicing in Sturgis, including doctors of all specialties, from ophthalmologists to podiatrists and everything in between. Sturgis’ doctors are not only well-trained and highly educated, but they are also friendly and responsive. They are willing to listen to the concerns of patients and their families and answer any questions that may arise in the pursuit of healing.

The Sturgis community also supports many unique programs that are connected with the physical, mental and emotional health of residents, as well as programs that assist the human condition and aid in relief efforts. These worthy programs and organizations consist of both well-known names and names unique to Sturgis. Sturgis’ Salvation Army not only has a soup kitchen that helps to feed needy people, but also has a store and many community outreach programs. Other organizations include:

  • Step Up St. Joseph County
  • Fit Zone, a fitness center for women
  • Goodwill
  • Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Michiana
  • Sturgis Neighborhood Program
  • Pregnancy Help Line
  • Sturgis Toy Run, in which motorcyclists from all over converge upon Sturgis, each bringing a toy for children of needy families

One of the most positive and proud features of the health care system in Sturgis is the retirement and health care facility Thurston Woods Village. Thurston Woods Village is an up-to-date, beautifully maintained facility. Its lovely lawns and gardens are well-kept, with areas of park-like quality, reflecting its worthy heritage and reputation. It is a community that offers an active lifestyle, gracious living, friendships, healthy activities and security.

The history of this beautiful facility began with an idea of Alta Schrock, who envisioned a nursing home to be created in an empty building that was owned by Clifford and Alfred Froh. The suggestion was put into the hearts of the Mennonite Board of Missions in Iowa. They purchased the building and 80 acres of land from the Froh brothers for $1.

Many volunteers came to work on the building and grounds, because extensive remodeling needed to be done to bring the building up to state code. Finally, in 1953, the old Froh Homestead opened its doors as a nursing home accommodating 35 “guests,” with housing room for eight to ten workers. In addition, 460 acres of farmland were rented and worked by volunteer service workers.

Eventually the need outgrew the facility and, in 1968, the home was moved from the U.S. 12 building into Sturgis. Licensed as Froh Community Home, there was room for 66 residents. In 1976, expansion was completed to allow space for 118 residents.

In 1985, Thurston Woods Village incorporated and became a retirement community. A 90-unit home for the aged was added, along with a 33-unit, rentsubsidized apartment complex. In response to the need for independent housing with services, the Village Homes duplexes and Gables apartments project started in 2000 and today consists of 6 apartment buildings (36 apartments) and 15 duplex buildings (30 homes), with room for expansion. Most recent improvements and additional services are the complete renovation of Froh Community Home and a new short- stay rehabilitation wing.

Thurston Woods Village is continually seeking ways to improve their services and to respond to changing industry needs. Currently, they are in collaboration with the Sturgis Hospital to provide in-house Hospice Care to the community in a private home generously donated by the Franks family.

Today, Thurston Woods Village serves 300 residents at various levels of care, employs 200 plus individuals and maintains over 25 buildings on more than 100 acres of land.

Thurston Woods Village’s unique multi-level living options make it stand out from the crowd. The four different living options are:

  • Independent living housing. The Village Homes duplexes and The Gables apartments are set in a quiet, safe neighborhood and offer several financial options, floor plans and services.
  • Assisted living at "The Villa" includes 24-hour staffing assistance, three meals a day, medication assistance, housekeeping and laundry service.
  • A leader in quality care, Froh Community Home and Rehabilitation is a Five Star skilled care community and has been awarded “One of America’s Top Nursing Homes” for eight consecutive years. The dedicated and skilled clinicians and staff assure your stay with them maximizes your well-being and care. Residents enjoy the outstanding activity programs, specialized therapy and restorative service, buffet dining which includes the ability to order meals from menus, and the well-known homelike environment. Each semiprivate room is equipped with television and a free Wi-Fi service.
  • The Short Stay Rehabilitation Department is staffed with highly trained clinicians who are available seven days a week. They pride themselves with excellent outcomes, resident satisfaction reports, and low average length of stay. Working with the resident and their significant others, the team immediately upon admission formulates discharge plans and goals. A home assessment and a final discharge meeting assure a safe return home with appropriate services.
  • HUD housing, known as "The Manor," must meet HUD income and age guidelines, with rent being based upon income.

These facilities were opened at their Sturgis address in 1968 and licensed as Froh Community Home; there was room for 66 residents. In 1976, expansion was completed to allow space for 118 residents. In 1985, ThurstonWoods Village incorporated and became a retirement community. A 90-unit home for the aged was added, along with a 33-unit, rent-subsidized apartment complex.

In 2004, phase two of a five-phase building plan will be completed. Phase one and two added eight duplexes and six apartment buildings to the campus. Among plans being considered for the other phases are a community building, a dementia unit, a wellness center and daycare.

Thurston Woods Village serves 300 residents at various levels of care, employs 200 individuals and maintains 16 buildings on 55 acres of land. It is a community that offers an active lifestyle, gracious living, friendships, healthy activities and security.

Thurston Woods Village is a not-for-profit facility that is associated with the Mennonite Health Services.