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On With Life Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony - July 8, 2014

On With Life Breaks Ground For Expansion 

Ankeny, IA – On With Life hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 8 for a new outpatient center and expanded inpatient rehab facility. Attendees included persons served and their families, staff and board members and many dignitaries, donors, legislators, community leaders and guests. Governor Terry Branstad spoke and major donors were recognized, including Prairie Meadows, EMC, Don & Charlene Lamberti, The Iowa Clinic, Karl Chevrolet, and Marilyn & Dale Howard.

On With Life has provided brain injury rehabilitation services to more than 2,500 Iowans and their families since opening in 1991. The expansion and renovation project will allow the organization to serve even more individuals, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, who need very unique and specialized brain injury rehab services. 

"On With Life is constantly striving to enhance services available, but has reached a pinnacle in terms of what can be done with the current facility," says Julie Fidler Dixon, executive director at On With Life. “I think the community recognizes the unique role On With Life plays in the community, and how important it is to have specialty services for people with brain injury. We're incredibly grateful for the support we're receiving.”

In addition to a new 10,000 square foot outpatient center, the $5 million expansion and renovation project will also include: 
An indoor aquatic therapy pool
Additional inpatient rooms designed for individuals who require specialized bariatric equipment
New therapy areas 
A wellness center 
Family housing
New outdoor therapeutic environments
New multi-purpose space
A new, larger dining space and café area
Modernization of current facilities

The On With Life Foundation has undertaken a capital campaign to secure financial support for the project. Construction will begin in July with anticipated completion in Summer, 2015. Inpatient and Outpatient programs will continue to operate out of current facilities during construction.

To learn about ways in which you can support the Life Forward Capital Campaign, please visit the Make a Donation page or contact the Foundation at 515-289-9611 or at  

To view photos from the Groundbreaking Ceremony click here.