Bethesda is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by 12 area ELCA Lutheran Churches and governed by a nine-member board elected from these congregations. The ELCA, in its statement of purposes, declares: "This church shall serve in response to God's love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged..." From its earliest beginnings, Bethesda has maintained a shared ministry and chaplaincy program.
Bethesda Home opened its doors on December 26, 1969, as a skilled nursing care facility on a 22-acre campus in Aberdeen, SD. In 1981, the Bethesda Sharing Center opened to provide child care to Bethesda Home employees. Later, services were expanded to the community including infant daycare and preschool. In 1985, a vision for a continuum of care was recognized and Bethesda Parkside Apartments were established. In 1993, its name was changed to Parkside Retirement Community. In 1997, Bethesda Towne Square was opened to provide assisted living services and to meet the need for services between our nursing facility and retirement community. In 2001, Bethesda Home completed a renovation project to provide 86 private rooms. Bethesda In-Home Community Services started providing care for people in their home environment in 2008. The Adult Day Health Center opened in November 2014 and provides customized care to stay at home longer.