About Us


We are a not for profit human services ministries for Seniors. Our goal is to fulfill our mission to serve others. Our full continuum of care grows within our community. We welcome seniors in every stage, extending solutions and access to quality care to those who need it most.


Founded in 1886, Heritage has never wavered in its dedication to our seniors. While we celebrate our history we are excited about our vision for the future.

  • 1886 – Birth of a tradition
  • 1901 – Senior building dedicated
  • 1967 – Continuing care model implemented
  • 1972 – 1974 Skilled nursing care added in Gerry as Heritage Village was added
  • 1986 – Centennial Manor apartments added 
  • 1989 – 1990 Coachlight Cottages added
  • 1992 – Assisted Living introduced in Bergquist Memorial
  • 1995 – Heritage Green & Heritage Park purchased, making us the largest provider of rehab & skilled nursing in Chautauqua County.
  • 2012 – Orchard Grove & Woodlands built
  • 2008 – Adopts name
  • 2009 – Received grant for small houses
  • 2012 – Small house communities open
  • 2013 – Heritage Living at Chautauqua Mall opened
  • 2013 – 2014 – Vinecroft, Buffalo, NY, handle administrative management
  • 2014 – Heritage continues to grow to support Alzheimers & Dementia, increasing to 100 total rooms
  • 2016 – Remodel of The Green



  • Respect for human dignity
  • Excellence in everything we do
  • Acceptance of every person
  • Compassion for all
  • Honesty above all else



To serve others through Christ-centered ministries which promote HOPE, DIGNITY, and PURPOSEFUL LIVING. 



Heritage Ministries will be a trusted leader in the provision of human services that model God’s love.


David Smeltzer, President, Chief Executive Officer

Randy Gerig, Chief Financial Officer

Laura Blake, Vice President of Human Resources

Lisa Haglund, Vice President of Marketing & Development

Jeff Ondrey, Vice President of Skilled Nursing Operations

Bruce Erickson, Vice President of Senior Housing & Services

Mark Wilcox, Vice President of Information Services

Randy Jackson, Vice President of Facilities Management

Tammy Devlieger, Administrator, Orchard Grove

Cheryl Farr, Administrator, The Green

Jeremy Rutter, Administrator, The Park

Valerie Johnson, Administrator, The Village

Rebecca LeBaron, Senior Housing Administrator

Mary Lou Clark, Director of Clinical Support Services



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