LOGAN – Sunshine Terrace is celebrating being 70 years-old this month and they are throwing a big party. The Sunshine Swing Party and Fundraiser will be held on Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Vineyards at Mt. Naomi Farms, located at 4460 N. 400 E. Hyde Park. Tickets are $50.
The celebration will include saxophonist Joe McQueen. The Ogden jazzman turned 100 years-old in May. McQueen and his quartet perform at the celebration.
“Sunshine Terrace has been the premier health care provider in the county since they opened their doors,” said Sunshine Terrace CEO Bryan Erickson. “We are here to provide good health care to the community, and we are growing.”
Erickson said, “Sunshine Terrace is a non-profit organization and everything we are doing is for the community.”
Erickson should know, he worked his way through Utah State University in the 1980’s as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Terrace to pay for his education. He said working as a CNA helped him decide he wanted to pursue a career in health care.
Before returning to lead Sunshine Terrace as CEO four years ago, Erickson led a health care company that had 12 facilities. He said he is focusing on keeping the facility up to date and meeting the needs of the community.
In 1948, two Hatch brothers, L. Boyd – a real estate tycoon who made his fortune in New York – and Adrian Hatch – a local businessman – founded Sunshine Terrace to help elderly residents of the county.
Boyd moved to New York and became successful with Atlas Utilities and Investors Corporation. He held stock in RKO Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Madison Square Garden and Hilton Hotels, said Richard Hatch, a descendent and current member of the Board of Directors of Sunshine Terrace.
Richard said one time when he came home, like he did most summers, he went to visit his grandmother’s old rock home at 164 South 300 West. The home was turned into a nursing home for indigent senior citizens.
“L. Boyd was not happy with what he saw and said the conditions were worse than the slums of New York,” Richard said. “He saw the old men spitting tobacco on the stove and other deplorable things.”
Boyd decided there was a need for a non-profit corporation and left Adrian to pull it all together.
“Adrian was the only one in Logan and he did a lot of the heavy lifting,” Richard said. “Sunshine Terrace Foundation’s first home was the Charles Nibley house at 290 West Center from 1948 until 1953.”
It would move one other time before settling into its current location at 248 West 300 North in the 1960’s.
Sunshine Terrace became a foundation in May 1949.
In the 1990’s, Terrace Grove Assisted Living was added to the campus and in the 2000’s Aqua Works was added. This year, AquaWorx is changing its name to “The Works,” because they want the name to reflect the Physical Therapy and the Fitness Center for people 40 and older.
Kenneth Godfrey, a local historian, was commissioned to write a book of the first 50 years, 1948-1998, and titled it “Sunshine Terrace Foundation Fifty Years of Caring 1998.”
Erickson said he appreciates the caring and capable people that help make Sunshine Terrace the success it is today.