Our History

Dedicated to Compassionate Care Since 1920

History of Beechtree

For nearly a century Beechtree Center, formerly known as The Reconstruction Home, has remained a vital resource in Tompkins County by responding to the ever-changing health care needs of the community.

Our rich history began in 1920 when The Reconstruction Home opened its doors as a home for children with polio. After the polio vaccine was discovered in 1954, the Home transitioned its focus to skilled nursing and rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities, eventually evolving into long-term care for the community’s growing elderly population.

Today, Beechtree Center embraces Person-Centered Care and is a nursing home where “quality of life” is important. Person-centered care revolves around the idea that nursing homes are, in fact, homes and our residents are encouraged to make personal choices about their daily routines and to live life every day through a wide variety of recreational activities and experiences that involve family, friends and community. Beechtree provides a stimulating environment that makes skilled nursing and rehabilitation a comfortable home-like option for those who are in need of our services.