A Statement from our CEO – April 13

Monday, April 13, 2020

To Our On With Life Family,

On With Life was created out of the challenges experienced by our founding families after their loved ones’ lives were forever changed. Because of those origins, we understand what it means to overcome. 

More than a month ago, as COVID-19 cases were first documented in Iowa, On With Life implemented several processes to protect our persons served and staff. Given our frequent admissions as a rehabilitation provider, we felt it was essential to coordinate our response as quickly as possible. In the last week our team has faced a new chapter in this pandemic as COVID-19 cases were confirmed within our Ankeny Inpatient program. As expected, our team moved into this new phase with the same expertise and dedication that form the foundation of the organization. Their number one goal was the safety and well-being of the people we serve.

While this pandemic is the most significant challenge On With Life has experienced, our team has responded with a heroic combination of competence and grace. I am very proud and encouraged as I work alongside our team to continue to ensure the safety of our persons served and staff.

Thank you for your continued support of the entire On With Life family. Our team has been overwhelmed by both words of encouragement and donations of needed protective equipment. Please continue to send positive thoughts as our staff work on the front lines in support of those we serve. Keep our persons served and their families in your thoughts as they continue their rehabilitation journey. Continue to follow recommendations related to social distancing to limit the spread of this highly contagious virus. The coming days will be tough, but our persons served and families will provide us with hope and purpose as we continue On With Life’s mission.

As always, thank you for your support and love of On With Life. We need it now more than ever.

Jean Shelton, CEO