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Our Mission
Deeply embedded in the values of the founders of Columbia Lutheran Home is our core mission of providing care for the whole person-body, mind and spirit. Columbia Lutheran today continues this tradition of creating a caring environment where we celebrate life with those we serve through the caring ministry of Jesus Christ.
Our History
Columbia Lutheran Home has provided quality care in a comfortable and secure setting since 1920 when its doors opened as a retirement home for elderly Scandinavian immigrants on Phinney Ridge in Seattle, Washington. Evolving from the Augustana Lutheran Church tradition of caregiving, residents were drawn to the Home from as far away as Montana. The Rev. Dr. C.R. Swanson, pastor of Seattle's Gethsemane Lutheran Church, was the first superintendent when it was called the Columbia Conference Home for the Aged.

The demand for more space continued through the years and today Columbia Lutheran is a modern remodeled 116-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility offering a range of services from short-term complex care to less complex extended care. A not-for-profit home offering progressive high quality care, Columbia is supported through the prayers, volunteers and financial support of twenty-four sponsoring churches and supportive individuals, families and congregations. Columbia is open to all, regardless of sex, nationality, religious affiliation or ability to pay.

Sponsoring Churches
Twenty-four Lutheran church congregations in the Greater Seattle region form a solid core of churches that actively support and uphold the mission of Columbia Lutheran to care for the needs of seniors in our community:
Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle Nativity Lutheran, Renton
Bethany Lutheran, Seattle Our Redeemer’s Lutheran, Seattle
Calvary Lutheran, Seattle Peace Lutheran, Seattle
Central Lutheran, Seattle Prince of Peace Lutheran, Shoreline
Faith Lutheran, Redmond St. Andrew's Lutheran, Bellevue
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Seattle St. James Lutheran, Seattle
Grace Lutheran, Bellevue St. John United Lutheran, Seattle
Grace Lutheran, Des Moines St. Mark’s Lutheran, Seattle
Holy Trinity Lutheran, Mercer Island St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Renton
Luther Memorial, Seattle St. Peter by the Sea Lutheran, Edmonds
Magnolia Lutheran, Seattle St. Stephen’s Lutheran, Seattle
Messiah Lutheran, Auburn

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