While Rose Hill Center in Holly, Michigan has been around for nearly 30 years, the history of Rose Hill actually begins in the late 1980s.
That was when medical professionals diagnosed Dan and Rosemary Kelly’s son, John, with schizophrenia. After numerous hospitalizations and psychiatric breaks, they searched tirelessly for a service that could offer a combination of comprehensive treatment and compassionate follow-up care. Unable to find the right service to address John’s disorder, the Kelly’s decided to take matters into their own hands.
With the assistance of family, friends, mental health professionals, foundations, and corporations, Dan and Rosemary raised enough funds to purchase a 372-acre property in Holly, Michigan. On that property, they built a mental health facility. With the remaining funds, they hired experienced medical and administrative staff.
In May 1992, Rose Hill Center officially welcomed its first residents.
Since opening, Dan has remained Chairman of the Board, with Rosemary by his side as Vice Chairman, until March of 2021 when she lost her long battle with cancer. She remains Rose Hill’s inspiration and purpose. Dan continues to advocate and raise funds for the Rose Hill Foundation. The private working farm that he and Rosemary transformed into one of the largest mental health treatment campuses in the country has become a positive, nurturing environment where struggling individuals can overcome mental health disorders.