Kim Schilling takes the lead as new CEO of Bethany Life in Story City

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
Kim Schilling

Kim Schilling was set to start as the CEO at Bethany Life in Story City on Monday.

Schilling formerly served as the vice president of health services at Friendship Haven. She was the facility administrator for the 155-bed skilled care unit and 104-bed assisted living community.

“Kim brings experience not only in long-term care but independent and assisted living. I believe the board found the ideal candidate in Kim,” Amanda Lankford, Bethany Life administrator, said in a news release.

Brandi Thompson, director of nursing at Bethany Life, said the leadership team at Bethany is “very enthusiastic” about working with Schilling because of her experience, according to the release.

“Her many years of providing high-quality services to our aging community is definitely something we are all excited about,” Thompson said.

Schilling became a licensed nursing home administrator in 2013 and completed her master’s in business administration in 2008.

“I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve the Bethany Life organization. Together we will continue to create a culture of compassion and quality of care for the residents, tenants and members. We will remain a strong leader in the aging services and deepen our foundation of faith,” Schilling said in the release.

Bethany Life has been an innovator in the health services industry, completing a $17 million construction project in early 2017. The project transitioned the nursing home to a household model and created The Households of Bethany.

The construction project created 10 households, each with 16 to 20 residents, as well as shared areas including a bistro, library, community room, salon and outdoor spaces.

Bethany Life is a faith-based organization that provides a continuum of care including long-term, skilled, respite and memory care. Bethany also offers independent and assisted living care and subsidized housing.