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Thursday, March 22, 2007

From the side: Though it's still under construction, it won't be long until residents are able to move into the new nursing home. Here you can see part of the facility's three wings. Photo/Ninemire
The wait for the new Fulton County Nursing and Rehab Center is almost over, according to administrator Stephen Daugherty.

"The new facility will open some time in early spring -- our projected date is within 60 to 90 days," Daugherty said.

The new 36,000 square feet facility will include three dinning rooms, three lounge/day rooms, an activity room, a concrete walking trail for outside exercise, 84 bedrooms that each have a bathroom, and a state of the art therapy center equipped for physical, occupational, speech and outpatient therapy, he said.

The residents, their families and the staff are all anticipating the move, Daugherty said.

"We just completed our annual state and federal survey (March 16), and it went absolutely great," he said.

Though the current facility received positive reviews, Daugherty said the move was necessary. "We need to grow, and this facility is just outdated. In the new place we'll have a lot more to offer residents."

Daugherty said, when the facility is complete, there will be an open house so the public can walk around the updated facility and see what improvements were made.

After that the residents will be transported to the new place in one day. "Whenever we're ready, we'll probably have breakfast here (the current facility) then move everybody in time for lunch there (the new facility)," he said.

Daugherty said residents will be moved with the help of their families, volunteer ambulance services and sister nursing home facilities.

Daugherty also said since the new center will include room for 14 more residents as well as offer more intensive services, the new business will lead to the opportunity for new jobs. "We will hire more staff as we grow," he said.

Daugherty said he has received positive feedback from the staff and residents' families. "Recently, people have been contacting us about the new nursing home -- it's helping generate excitement among the staff," he said.

"The most important thing is that people know the philosophy and care will not change from here to there," said Fulton County Nursing and Rehab Center's Director of Nursing, Amanda Skills. "We will continue to provide excellent care. And now we will have the means to do more."

Those interested in learning more about the new facility can contact Daugherty at 895-3817.

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