POMEROY — The Arbors at Pomeroy officially opened Thursday with an open house to introduce the community to the newly remodeled facility.
What was once Rocksprings Nursing Home now provides both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care that includes a nursing staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Arbors will offer services that include health care management, post-operative care, respiratory services, and recovery services and support. Patients will also be able to take physical therapy at The Arbors on an outpatient basis.
According to admissions director Michael King, while the majority of residents are there for long-term care, services are provided that can benefit the entire community.
Dr. Douglas Hunter has accepted the position of medical director. After receiving his medial degree from The Ohio State University, he became board certified in family medicine. A Beverly native, he established his practice in Racine and has spent many years serving the community.
Through his affiliation with O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, Hunter accepted the director position when O’Bleness began their affiliation with The Arbors. He believes that with the infrastructure provided by the Arbors Group, O’Bleness Hospital and the addition of a nurse practitioner, the facility can provide quality care and support to the residents.
He wants the care center to be a place long-term residents can make their home. Instead of going in and out of the hospital, The Arbors can provide around-the-clock skilled nursing care, allowing patients to receive consistent medical care. Hunter believes this takes a team effort.
“My goal is to always provide quality care,” he said. “I think it is extremely important that patients receive consistent, quality care, and that means that everybody is working together.”
“We hope to fill a need in the community. We don’t want to be in competition with other facilities; instead, we can all benefit from having more services available in the area.”
Life Medical Response representatives Wendy Williams and Jodi Monteith were outside grilling hot dogs and had set up a table with food and drinks. The picnic-like atmosphere saw for residents and visitors strolling about or sitting in the outside garden area.
After passing through the doors of The Arbors, the welcoming entry goes a long way in providing the feeling of home. A large aquarium is a focal point, and just around the corner is the monthly calendar, with each day filled with activities provided by activities director Celia Lewis. Field trips such as Apple Valley Farms provide out-of-the facility excursions for those who can travel in The Arbors van.
Residents say they are looking forward to the annual Fall Festival, and the community is invited. With the hallways decorated for Halloween, children are invited for trick or treating on Oct.27. Everyone can participate in the games and food provided by the staff.
While no one wishes to be in a position where they need to consider long- or short-term care or physical therapy, it is good to know there are quality care centers in our community.
For more information, visit their web site at www.arborsatpomeroy.com.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext.2551