Since 1911, Sunny Vista has provided the Colorado Springs community with excellence in long-term care and short term rehabilitation. Unlike many nursing facilities, Sunny Vista is an independent facility, governed by a volunteer board of directors and not affiliated with any corporation, hospital, or religious order.
Our facilities are open to family members twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Sunny Vista, formerly known as Sunnyrest Sanatorium, was conceived in 1909 to provide a comfortable place for those who were suffering from tuberculosis, but lacked the financial resources to afford the necessary services and care. The fee for care at Sunnyrest would be kept to a maximum of $8 per week. A fundraising campaign ensued to raise the $25,000, which would be needed to build and operate the sanatorium. Sunnyrest opened its doors to the community in 1911.
From the start, Philanthropy played an essential role in success of Sunny Vista. In 1922, one key supporter, Mrs. Marjorie Palmer Watt, the wife of Dr. Watt and the youngest daughter of General Palmer, gifted over $100,000 in securities, along with cash and her home, to provide a permanent endowment for Sunny Vista.
After a cure was found for tuberculosis, Sunny Vista transitioned into a long-term care facility and eventually into a skilled care facility.
The facility at 2400 E. Cache La Poudre was erected in the late 1960’s, with the addition of the west wing in 1972. Sunny Vista underwent renovation in 2005 to modernize the facilities and ensure maximum comfort for residents.
In May of 2012, all residents and staff moved across Cache La Poudre to our brand new facility. This facility features private rooms with private bathrooms for all residents, multiple dining rooms, activity rooms, a cafe, various sitting areas, and a state-of-the-art therapy gym.
Sunny Vista’s mission and philosophy remain much the same today as they did over 100 years ago:
“We exist to ensure that the elderly of our community, regardless of their economic status, have dignified access to affordable long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitation health care services in a comfortable and safe environment.”