The vision of Arbor Springs began with the Wurth family of Wichita, Kansas. The family has been involved in long-term health care since Chuck Wurth, Sr. opened Mid-American Health Centers in rural KS in 1969. Today they own and/or manage eight facilities. Sons Chuck Jr., Paul, and David have joined the company in recent years.
Recognizing the gaps in care for persons with memory loss, the Wurths went to work redesigning dementia care, creating a revised mission and concept for a dementia-specific care facility.
In 2001, Hawkeye Care Centers, Inc. joined the Wurths to build Arbor Springs. Owned by Mike Hamm, Hawkeye Care Centers is an Iowa-based company that has been in operation since 1976. Hawkeye owns and/or operates eleven long-term care facilities. Together, as Arbor Springs Inc., the families have planned, designed, and built the first stand-alone facility for dementia care in Iowa.