A ribbon cutting marked a major milestone towards the full renovation of one of Alabama’s largest skilled nursing care centers.

Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Florence held the special event to showcase the newly expanded and renovated The Summit Rehab located on the center’s campus. The Summit Rehab can now accommodate up to 59 patients who are welcomed by a new entrance and use a 3,500-square foot therapy gym.

Lobby for The Summit Rehab Center at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing & Rehab Center in Florence.

Lobby for The Summit Rehab Center at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing & Rehab Center in Florence.

“This gives us a much more open and welcoming gathering space,” Mitchell-Hollingsworth Administrator Brian Scheri said of the new entrance. “We also have an area for dining that allows family members to share meals with their loved ones who are here for rehab. In addition, they can use the new family room.”

The renovation was purposefully designed to create a more homelike and comfortable environment for patients to rehab and prepare to return home.

“A homelike environment makes you want to do better,” Scheri explained. “If you feel better and are comfortable, you’re going to be more motivated to do what you need to do to get fully rehabilitated and get back home.”

Renovation Now Focusing on Long-Term Care Areas

With the rehab center transformation complete, construction crews are currently working on areas utilized by long-term care residents. The project will resurface all the walls, ceilings and floors and bring about functional improvements to the 118,000 square foot building.

“This is a long process for all of us, and I have to thank our Plant Operations Manager Steve Bryant for his leadership,” Scheri said. “He’s been instrumental in the progress we’ve made so far, and without him, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”

Scheri expects the project to take a year or more to complete because of its complexity and the measures taken to safely care for patients and residents. Mitchell-Hollingsworth is licensed for 222 skilled nursing care beds and employs more than 300 people.

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