Nursing home leaders and City of Scottsboro officials cut a ribbon Tuesday to celebrate a major renovation and expansion of Cloverdale Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

The project took almost two years to move from the initial concept to grand opening, but the results are well worth the wait.

Semi-private rehab suite at Cloverdale Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Semi-private rehab suite at Cloverdale Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

“We’re now able to provide the medical and rehab care our community needs with all the comforts of home,” Cloverdale’s Administrator Kristy Jones told the crowd of about 100 people gathered at the grand opening ceremony.

The project involved extensive renovations to almost 10,000 square feet of the original building and an addition of more than 2,000 square feet. The addition includes a spacious therapy gym, lobby, offices and a covered entry. The renovated space encompasses 10 private and six semi-private rooms that can serve up to 22 patients. Each patient room features modern décor, simulated wood floors, flat screen televisions and wireless internet access. The halls are carpeted to give a more home-like feel.

“We’re especially proud of the state-of-the-art therapy gym,” Director of Nursing Sheree Duvall said. “Patients are working with occupational therapists in the kitchen and laundry areas to relearn the skills they need to live independently. Our physical therapists are using new equipment that helps patients rebuild their strength. And, the speech therapist offers more personalized service thanks to a private office.”

Located along the banks of the Tennessee river in northeast Alabama, Scottsboro is home to almost 15,000 residents. Huntsville, the nearest major metropolitan area, is a 45-minute drive west. The staff of Cloverdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center predict the expanded rehab services in the local community will benefit more than just patients.

“One of the key parts of the recovery process is having the support of your family and friends,” Jones explained. “Now, relatives won’t have the burden of traveling long distances to visit their loved one while they’re in rehab.”

Cloverdale Rehabilitation & Nursing Center employs 150 professional caregivers and can serve up to 141 people who need rehab or traditional long-term care. Jones admits the building, expanded services and new equipment send a strong message about the center’s investment and belief in the City of Scottsboro and Jackson County.

“A lot has changed, but our mission and vision remain the same,” Jones explained. “Our commitment to quality care and dedication to the community and our employees will not change. This is about taking care of the people who cared for us, and doing the right thing for our community.”