About Us


Our Philosophy

Unlike other communities that promise a "home-like" atmosphere, Ecumen North Branch has based its entire philosophy on providing a true home for residents and guests. It's a senior living and health care community that feels a lot like a small town, with four distinct neighborhoods surrounding a bustling Town Center. At Ecumen North Branch you'll find assisted living and memory care, as well as specialized health care and short-term rehabilitative care. Most importantly, however, you'll find comfort, convenience and a greater sense of independence.

As part of the Ecumen family of senior services, Ecumen North Branch is one of the most innovative leaders in senior housing, empowering individuals to live richer lives.  It is through an unrelenting commitment to innovation and empowerment that we honor those we serve.

Ecumen is proud to serve the City of North Branch and Chisago County. We operate Uptown Maple Commons in North Branch and Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City. Our philosophy at each Ecumen community is to create "home" for the people we serve. Not a "home-like" place, but a community in which you are proud to live and call your home.

Based in Shoreview, Ecumen is Minnesota's largest non-profit provider of housing and services for older adults. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which is derived from the Greek word for home: "Oikos." Our name underscores our promise to create "home" for the people we serve.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Ecumen as one of its "Best Places to Work" in 2005 through 2013. The company was also recognized by the StarTribune as 11th on the list of Minnesota's "Top 100 Workplaces" and Minnesota Monthly recognized Ecumen on the list of "Best Places to Work" in 2013.


Ecumen Lifestyle Covenant

The Ecumen Lifestyle Covenant is key to creating community for Ecumen North Branch's independent and assisted living residents. It is an agreement that we and our customers shape together to ensure that we’re both working collaboratively to empower individual customers in living the lifestyle that person desires.  We believe it is through empowerment that we honor the people we serve.  The Lifestyle Covenant begins with a series of questions that our customer and Ecumen team member discuss and explore together.  The discussion guide helps us both hone in on what is most important to this person and how we can support his or her lifestyle.


A Legacy of Generosity

For Clayton Anderson, The Villages of North Branch (now Ecumen North Branch) is truly "home." Over nearly a century, Mr. Anderson has embraced - and shaped - the region surrounding Ecumen North Branch as a business owner and operator, farmer, Village Board and City Council member, civic organizer, land owner and even regional historian.

Among all of his considerable achievements, Clayton's enduring legacy is that of a philanthropist. In fact, Ecumen North Branch is a result of his determination to ensure that a first-rate senior care community be established here.

Sadly, Clayton's wife, Evelyn, suffered a stroke in 1999 that left one side of her body paralyzed and she lived the following seven years at Green Acres Country Care Center. And while she was well cared for, the facilty was, according to Clayton, "a piecemeal collection of structures cobbled together over decades," resulting in a substandard environment for its residents. This personal experience was the genesis of their dedication to creating what is now Ecumen North Branch, which opened in July of 2007.

In 2003 Clayton and Evelyn made the land on which Ecumen North Branch is situated available to Chisago County to be used for the construction of a new "nursing home." Ecumen then purchased the land from the County for $1, with a commitment to develop the property in accord with the Andersons' wishes. By Clayton's account, Ecumen North Branch surpassed even his and Evelyn's imagination in care and service to older adults.

When asked about his many contributions to civic, social and religious concerns over the many years, his firm response is always, "Give Evelyn the credit for everything."

Read more about Clayton Anderson's legacy.

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5379 383rd Street
North Branch, MN 55056
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