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GALENA, IL – Senior Housing Management, along with the Board of Directors of Prairie Ridge of Galena, is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for a new Independent Living & Memory Care Community located adjacent to Midwest Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Galena.

Established in 2011, Prairie Ridge of Galena, LLC is a for-profit corporation with 25 local investors. Since its inception, the group has worked closely with its team of experts to measure community interest, develop business models and design. Marty Johnson of Straka Johnson Architects, P.C. is the lead architect. Conlon Construction and Galena Hillside Homes share contracting oversight. Focus groups with future residents were held to review plans and provide feedback for facility design. Most recently, Senior Housing Management began Operational oversite for the Prairie Ridge of Galena project.

“Working with a group of board members who are as passionate and driven as these individuals is truly an honor.” Said Vice President of Senior Housing Management, Allison Law. “We are incredibly impressed with the amount of excitement the community has for this project and we cannot wait to see Prairie Ridge of Galena welcome residents.”

Eric Dregne, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, confirmed that financing of the $17.5million project is through First Merit Bank. “Prairie Ridge of Galena is the largest private investment ever made in the Jo Daviess County. We anticipate 120 construction jobs, most with local labor, and 15-20 permanent positions in community operations. It also puts a piece of property back on to the tax rolls, contributing approximately $150,000 per year in taxes.”

Prairie Ridge of Galena (PRG) will feature 50 Independent Living apartments that will offer health care services for those who choose, and a 14-apartment Memory Care Program. This premier development offers no-maintenance freedom, a wealth of services and amenities, as well as convenience of location. Senior Housing Management will serve as the operational management team for PRG.

A number of apartments have already been pre-reserved. Additional information regarding living at PRG may be found on the website,, or by contacting Kayle Jensen, Community Relations Manager for Senior Housing Management, at 319-540-0611

Tracy Bauer, Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Medical Center, welcomes the addition of Prairie Ridge of Galena to the Midwest Medical Center campus. “We look forward to many opportunities to work together to serve the needs of our community.”

Members of the Prairie Ridge Board of Directors are:
John D. Cooke, President & Chairman
Eric Dregne, Executive Vice President & CFO
Emily Painter, Vice President of Marketing
Kate Freeman, Secretary
Marty Johnson, Vice President of Architecture
Bill Miller, Vice President of Construction
Jean Dregne, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations

Senior Housing Management provides innovative, compassionate, resident-focused healthcare and management services for nineteen Retirement, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities throughout the state of Iowa and in Illinois. Senior Housing Management is located at 208 35th Street Dr. SE, Suite 500 Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403. For more information, call (800) 366-6716, or

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