The Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce has named Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center and Terrace Oaks Care & Rehab Center as the city’s Business of the Year.

The skilled nursing care centers share a campus in Bessemer and were jointly presented with the prestigious award at the chamber’s 25th Annual Bessemer Business Awards and First Responders Gala on August 11, 2016.

Oak-Trace-award-2“It’s an incredible honor, to be recognized as the Business of the Year,” Oak Trace Administrator Trina Vines said. “We work every day to create a home for our residents and our employees. We sometimes forget what it means to this community to have two skilled nursing homes not only providing excellent care to residents of the community, but jobs and revenue as well.”

Both skilled nursing care centers have deep roots in the City of Bessemer. Vines serves on the Board of Directors for the Bessemer Public Library, Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the Bessemer Rotary Club. The centers’ Marketing Director, Tamala Briggins, is President of Bessemer’s Business and Professional Women organization. Oak Trace and Terrace Oaks staff members serve as Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The centers also enjoy the support of local elected officials, calling on representatives for help during a Medicaid budget crisis and welcoming their participation in community activities.

“Our homes are truly a part of the community and we strive to stay connected and involved right here in our own backyard,” said Vines. “We are proud to be a part of Bessemer, and we couldn’t be more excited about this recognition.”

The centers participated in Bessemer’s most recent Senior Health and Fitness Day, Taste of Bessemer and take their residents to community events. Oak Trace and Terrace Oaks annually sponsor a very successful Breast Cancer Awareness drive called “Walk and Roll for a Cure.” That event earned the centers recognition at the Alabama Nursing Home Association’s Best Practices Program in 2015.

Oak Trace is one of only five Alabama nursing homes to be Certified Music and Memory Specialists. The program uses music to soothe the emotions of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Bessemer Rotary Club generously donated iPods and headphones to Oak Trace to support the program.

Previous recipients of the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award are:

  • 2012 – UAB Medical West
  • 2013 – Splash Adventure
  • 2014 – Dollar General
  • 2015 – Town & Country Ford
From left to right, front row: Linda Haynes, Trina Vines, Anne Stein and Gary Stein. Back row: Letitia Whitt, Laurence Baird, Phyllis Sturdivant and Nikki Holmes.

From left to right, front row: Linda Haynes, Trina Vines, Anne Stein and Gary Stein. Back row: Letitia Whitt, Laurence Baird, Phyllis Sturdivant and Nikki Holmes.