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We are a life care retirement community But we're anything but retired

As the Southeast's leading life care retirement community, Bishop Gadsden has more than 450 residents and 300 employees that shape its vibrant character. Located on James Island, within close proximity to historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Bishop Gadsden offers first-class lifestyle in an amazing city. Founded in 1850, Bishop Gadsden is a not-for-profit, faith based retirement community, affiliated with the Episcopal Church. We welcome everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.

A Ministry Since 1850

When Bishop Christopher Gadsden established the Episcopal Church Home in 1850, how could he have known what would happen over the next century and a half? Bishop Gadsden has grown into a vibrant community that is recognized as a leader in senior living, and beloved by families for generations. Learn more about where we've been and where we're going.

  • 1850
    Bishop Christopher Gadsden establishes the Episcopal Church Home at a service at St. Stephen's on Anson Street, in Charleston, S.C.
  • 1928
    The Episcopal Church Home moves to Bee Street in Charleston, S.C.
  • 1983
    St. James Episcopal Church on James Island, S.C., donates 12 acres to the Episcopal Church Home. The "Bee Street Home" closes and the development of the new retirement community begins.
  • 1985
    At the groundbreaking on James Island, the Episcopal Church Home's new community is named Bishop Gadsden in honor of its founder Bishop Christopher Gadsden.
  • 1987
    The Bishop Gadsden Assisted Living Community, Myers Hall, opens.
  • 1992
    The groundbreaking on the skilled nursing center begins in 1991. The new center, Read Cloister, opens on November 15, 1992.
  • 1997
    St. James Episcopal Church donates an additional 38 acres and Bishop Gadsden purchases an additional four acres adjacent to the current property.
  • 1997
    On September 12, Bishop Gadsden breaks ground on the new Commons and Apartment/Cottage Community. This will feature 45,000 square feet of common areas.
  • 1999
    Bishop Gadsden opens the Commons and Apartment & Cottage Living Community and the memory care center, Arcadia Close.
  • 2001
    After receiving the Design for Aging Award for outstanding community, Bishop Gadsden expands its health and wellness services including the Fitness Center, Pharmacy and Clinic.
  • 2006
    Bishop Gadsden completes construction of its Chapel, which is consecrated on April 15th.
  • 2007
    The Chapel wins the Design for Aging Special Recognition Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Association for Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA).
  • 2009
    Bishop Gadsden undertakes major renovations as well as expanding its amenities; establishing itself as an innovator in dining services.
  • 2013
    Bishop Gadsden celebrates 25 Years on James Island and 163 Years of Ministry.
  • 2014
    Bishop Gadsden begins construction on the Quay, three stunning buildings; featuring flats with open floor plans, which will add 45 residential flats to the community.
  • 2015
    Bishop Gadsden opens The Quay, work begins on amenity expansion and renovation.
  • 2016
    The Marker Place Café and Wellness/Fitness Center Reopens after extensive renovations.

A Mission Lived Every Day

Bishop Gadsden, a Life Care Retirement Community, embraces God's call to ministry. We affirm positive living for all who live and work here. We serve with integrity. We exercise wise stewardship. We reach out with a generous spirit.

These words guide our actions and decisions. While open to your own interpretation, our mission calls us to respect the diverse members of our community, while also working to ensure that Bishop Gadsden provides exceptional care and service. This is who we are and what makes our community extraordinary.

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CARF Accreditation A Focus on Quality

Since 2003, Bishop Gadsden has earned the highest accreditation from CARF; receiving exemplary marks in the areas of Finance and Human Resources. This voluntary process demonstrates our dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life of the people who live and work here through innovative practices and programs. This is a recognition that we take to heart. Only 320 out of 1,849 continuing care retirement communities in the United States have this designation. We're proud to be one of them. To learn more about CARF, visit their website www.carf.org.

Community Involvement We Reach Out With A Generous Spirit

Bishop Gadsden residents and staff are recognized for their volunteer efforts on and off campus, through the Bishop Gadsden Generous Spirit Program. This program provides the opportunity to involve Bishop Gadsden residents, future residents and staff in programs that affect the greater Charleston community.

Since 2000, an estimated $700,000 has been raised by Bishop Gadsden residents, future residents, families, staff, and friends in support of outside organizations. These other nonprofits include Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Crisis Ministries, The Pajama Program, American Heart Association, SC Alzheimer's Association, Water Missions International, and Tricounty Family Ministries, just to name a few. Additionally, since 1995, more than $2.6 million has been provided to Bishop Gadsden residents in need of financial assistance through our Resident Assistance Fund. Between these two charitable giving programs, Bishop Gadsden, its residents, future residents, families, staff, and friends have contributed more than $3 million in charitable funds.


Community Impact Report

GovernanceFinancial and Governance Strength

Bishop Gadsden has been continually noted for our financial stability. In 2013, Fitch Ratings affirmed our "BBB" credit rating, noting that out of approximately 2,000 Continuing Care Retirement Communities in the United States, only 152 were rated by Fitch.

The members of the Board of Trustees are as diverse and accomplished as our residents. From current and former executives, community leaders, active business professionals and members of the clergy, Board Members are very involved in the operations and strategic planning for Bishop Gadsden.

Annual Report Board of Trustees