We are dedicated to assisting the elderly population in maintaining the highest possible quality of life for the longest possible time. We are committed to providing an environment where the dignity of each individual is assured.

We Believe:

  • That a person is unique, deserving of dignity and respect.
  • That each person possesses unique qualities, which make up a distinct personality.
  • Although a person may lose the ability to function as before, that person still possesses this unique quality which must be recognized and respected.
  • That all aspects of a person must be considered: physical, mental, spiritual and social, when assessing and providing care for all individuals.
  • That the staff must be accessible, perceptive and open to recognize needs and to provide care for residents.
  • That involvement with significant others is beneficial to residents, family members and staff in planning and providing quality care.

It is the mission of each Petersen Health Care facility to be great community partners. All PHC homes are encouraged to host community activities and participate in fundraisers for the good of the community and local organizations. Petersen Health Care is recognized as a leader in the industry for community participation.

The Story of Petersen Health Care

Petersen Health Care was founded in 1974 by two brothers, both of who were registered Physical Therapists, James D. Petersen and Robert L. Petersen. The two flagship nursing homes the brothers purchased at that time were Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee, Illinois, and Robings Manor located in Brighton (Petersen Health Care still owns both facilities.) Today, Petersen Health Care is the largest nursing home chain in Illinois and has become the name synonymous with quality long-term care throughout the Midwest.

In early 2002, Mark B. Petersen became the sole owner of Petersen Health Care. Mark has kept the corporate headquarters in Peoria, Illinois where he lives with his wife and three daughters.  Mark joined his family’s company immediately after graduating from the University of Colorado.  It has been Mark’s life-long dream to follow in his father’s footsteps. Mark had grown up around the family nursing home in Kewanee, Illinois where he had served on the staff in a variety of positions. Mark began his professional career as the Administrator of Sunset Manor located in Canton, Illinois. His fresh ideas and high energy level have helped propel Petersen Health Care to the top of the long-term care industry.

Petersen Health Care employs nearly 6000 employees and is recognized as a major community partner in communities throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. Petersen Health Care continues to embrace the philosophy that founded the company over 35 years ago. The proven business philosophy of strong community involvement, ‘bringing the community to the nursing home and the nursing home to the community,’ as well as, Petersen’s ‘resident-care based philosophy,’ is what makes Petersen Health Care unique in the industry and is the reason the company is renowned as the Midwest’s Leading Long Term Care Provider.

Petersen Health Care has the vision and rare ability to change as the needs of the communities they serve change. Using the same proven principles of “caring for those in need” that cultivated the company’s astounding growth in the Skilled Nursing Care arena; Petersen Health Care has recently developed Independent and Assisted Living options in many Midwestern communities. These beautiful and modern facilities provide a worry-free atmosphere for seniors seeking safe and secure independent living. Additionally, the company has even bigger plans to continue expansion bringing quality long-term care and independent living options to more seniors throughout the Midwest. Petersen Health Care stands alone as the Midwest’s premier provider of innovative senior living options.