PruittHealth open house gathers hundreds

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

May 16, 2014

PruittHealth - Elkin (formerly known as Elkin Healthcare and Unihealth Post-Acute Care, Elkin) held a community open house event on Wednesday to showcase the completion its 50,000-square-foot expansion of the facility.

Located at 560 Johnson Ridge Road, the 100-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center now features 36 new private rooms for residents.

The expansion project also includes a new therapy suite with state-of-the-art Biodex and Nautilus equipment, an aquatic therapy pool, and an array of new upgrades.

Other new amenities include a new lobby with a coffee shop and indoor water fountain, library, an internet cafe, additional living rooms, centrally-located nurse’s stations, modernized decor, indoor and outdoor water features, new outdoor seating in an enclosed private courtyard and two additional dining spaces.

PruittHealth - Elkin is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that is licensed to care for patients who need short-term care, and in many cases long-term assistance with 24-hour care.

“We are certain that the upgrades made to PruittHealth - Elkin will provide more comfort and efficiency to the lives of our patients. We always strive to deliver excellence and quality care to our patients, and I firmly believe that this expansion, including the most advanced amenities, will demonstrate our commitment to caring. We are proud to care for our patients and their families and thankful that we are able to provide them with the quality care that they deserve. Their well-being is of the utmost importance to us, and we are proud to provide state-of-the-art upgrades, along with a more home-like environment, with this new expansion,” said Neil L. Pruitt Jr., chairman and CEO.

“I’m happy. It’s a great day for our residents and staff,” said Linda Reece, facility administrator for PruittHealth - Elkin. Reece started working at the nursing home in 1985 as a staff nurse. She eventually was appointed as director of nursing for the facility and handled the nuts and bolts of the nursing home patient care for 17 years. She moved on to serve in a variety of other positions within the company prior to her recent return to oversee the Elkin facility.

Reece and her department administrators greeted more than 200 visitors to the facility at the Wednesday evening open house. One of the guests was the architect who designed the expansion plans. Tim Kurmaskie, president of Architects Kurmaskie & Tolson Associates, Inc., said the vision expressed by PruittHealth - Elkin had been captured.

“I’m very pleased to have been involved with everything you see,” said Kurmaskie while admiring the new lobby for the building.

In the Pruitt Health Therapy Services unit, Therapy Outcomes Coordinator Emily Norman said, “We now have a state of the art Nautilus equipment, a gate trainer, and Biodex balance system, in our new therapy gym that will enable us to do so much more with our patients compared to before. Our entire therapy team is excited to work with everyone in this new space.”

Demonstrating the new aquatic therapy pool system was Penny Wheeler, PruittHealth - Elkin’s director of clinical operations, who said, “This is what it’s all about. Through the monitors you are seeing camera angles underneath the water in the pool.” The aquatic therapy pool uses HydroWorx, an underwater treadmill with therapy jets and a movable floor for variable water depth. Hydro massage options are also available at the facility.

Guests visiting the facility were provided a tour. The facility social services director said everyone was so excited about all of the upgrades, but the focus was not necessarily about extra space. “When the design was put together, it’s obvious that PruittHealth kept to a core mission. They did all of this remembering it’s home of the residents. The residents live here. This is their house,” said Laura McCann. “It’s always been about the residents.”

Since 1969, PruittHealth has been providing high quality health care services throughout the Southeastern United States. The PruittHealth family owns and operates hundreds of locations, and reaches more than 24,000 patients each day throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Care is provided to customers by way of skilled nursing centers, home health and hospice agencies, assisted living and independent living communities. PruittHealth also provides institutional pharmacy and medical supply services, and programs in rehabilitation, nutrition, adult day care, and care management.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.