By LeAnn R. Ralph
GLENWOOD CITY — Although the fire in January of 2014 was a huge setback, the new skilled nursing facility at Glenhaven is now ready for residents to move in.
Located directly west of the existing Glenhaven, the new facility, officially known as Glenhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation, features 44 private rooms — 33 residential rooms and 11 memory care rooms.
Residents will move into their new home April 21.
David Prissel, nursing home administrator, noted that the community has been wonderfully responsive and that enough volunteers have been lined up to help with the move.
The concept for the new Glenhaven began in 2009 with the board of directors holding many meetings for strategic planning, Prissel said.
“After 55 years, we needed some updating and makeover … the (strategic planning) meetings revolved around what the community needed and what the community wanted,” he said.
“The board also talked about do-nothing scenarios. What will happen to Glenhaven if we do nothing?” Prissel said, adding that doing nothing turned out not to be a viable option.
Planning for the original Glenhaven building started in 1957, and construction was completed in 1960.
The new Glenhaven is a two-story facility with four wings that each make up their own neighborhood with rooms for up to 11 residents, complete with a sunroom and large windows to provide views of the ballpark, the hillside behind the building and the surrounding residential community.
The idea behind the neighborhoods is to create a more home-like atmosphere rather than the institutional feel of nursing homes built 50 years ago.
In addition to the sunroom, each of the residential neighborhoods has a living room featuring a fireplace and a dining room.
In the neighborhoods, the dining room and living room areas form an “L” with the resident rooms.
All together, the new portion of Glenhaven is about 41,000 square feet.
The fire in January of 2014 set the Glenhaven project back about a year. Two-thirds of the new addition was destroyed. The single story portion of the new building burned to the ground, and the roof burned off the two-story section.
The fire resulted in extra costs for the project, such as additional interest expense and a general increase in construction costs due to inflation.
The two-story atrium near the entrance of the new Glenhaven, with a comfortable fireplace lounge seating area and two-story windows, creates an opportune spot to watch puffy white clouds drifting across a blue sky, the drama of a spring thunderstorm, or the endless variety of a winter snowfall.
The new Glenhaven also has space for what will be known as the Cranetown Cafe.
Local residents who have been around for a while will remember that Cranetown was a small community with a schoolhouse and a store located in the valley where the lake is now at the Glen Hills County Park.
The new Glenhaven will eventually feature a roof-top garden as well.
Part of the funding for the $9.5 million facility includes a capital campaign with a goal of $700,000.
The capital campaign committee co-chairs include Tom and Nancy Stack, Dave and Joan Bartz, and Orv and Louise Jeske. Committee members are Carlton and Paula DeWitt, Amy Hellmann, Dr. Lisa Kaiser, John Logghe, John McCutchin, Lesley Nelson, Diane Olson, Larry Standaert and David Willink.
“The committee has done a fantastic job of working together,” said Joan Bartz.
“We were tasked with coming up with $700,000 toward the project for some of the extras that were over and above. Thanks to two generous challenge donors and huge, huge community support, we have raised so far over $464,500 in less than six months,” she said.
The capital campaign committee still needs to raise $235,500 to go toward completing several areas, such as the daycare, the cafe and the gardens, Bartz said.
Another feature of the new Glenhaven is a therapy suite.
The therapy area is nearly 2,700 square feet and will be devoted to state-of-the-art therapy for Glenhaven residents and community members who now will not have to go outside of the community for therapy.
Another nearly 1,800 square feet of space for retail is located in front of the therapy suite.
The space reserved for the daycare portion of the building covers nearly 4,000 square feet.
As soon as the residents have moved into the new part of Glenhaven, construction will start on the existing nursing home to turn it into a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) — an intermediate step between the assisted living apartments at Havenwood and the skilled nursing units at Glenhaven.
The CBRF will be known as The Oaks and will include 16 apartments, a tavern, a fireplace lounge, a library, and a media center/movie theater.
Havenwood, which was built in 2008, will remain as it is now with 16 apartments that include four two-bedroom apartments.
Board of directors
John McCutchin serves as the president of the Glenhaven Board of Directors. David Bartz serves as the vice-president. Shawn DeWitt serves as the treasurer, and LaVon Cassellius serves as the secretary.
Lesley Nelson, Kristie Tellijohn, Jim Krave, and Bob Darwin serve as trustees on the board of directors. One board position, which was formerly held by Diane Olson, remains open.
Nelson-Tremain Partnerships out of Minneapolis is the architect for the Glenhaven project.
Royal Construction is the general contractor.
For those who might be interested in making financial contributions to the capital campaign, a number of naming opportunities remain:
• Child care equipment — $40,000.
• Theater — $25,000.
• Playground — $25,000.
• Spa — $15,000.
• Conference room — $10,000.
• Large playground — $10,000.
• Memory care household living room — $5,000.
• Household living room — $5,000.
• Sitting areas — $4,000.
• Memory care room — $1,500.
• Nursing home room — $1,500.
Bricks for the courtyard also are still available in honor of or in memory of a loved one at $100 each.
Donors will be recognized on a permanent display in the new facility, unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous.
Glenhaven is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.