The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting by the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. Following the ceremony, guests took tours of the facility and enjoyed an artfully presented spread of hors d’oeuvres. A live bluegrass band and a band led by Melissa Ellis, recreation assistant, provided music.
Guests also had a chance to try out the rehab department’s Biodex balance machine.
“The open house was very well attended,” said Ellen Metcalf, executive director. “We had a lot of compliments from our community visitors, many of whom had not seen the facility for several years.”
The renovations included replacing the tile floors with carpet and laminate, repainting the rooms and corridors, installing artwork designed to stimulate patients’ memories and putting up a new awning. The rehab department also added new cabinetry and rehabilitation equipment, including the NuStep Recumbant Cross Trainer.
“This facility has undergone a lot of changes in the past few years with Life Care’s purchase of the building in January 2009,” said Metcalf. “We are proud to invest in our facility and provide a positive healing environment for our patients.”
Metcalf pointed out some ways the building better meets that standard of environment.
“The hallways are quieter, and the walls are more cheerful,” she said. “Some visitors have even asked where they can obtain copies of some of the artwork.”
Metcalf added, “We are proud to work for an organization that invests in its facilities, associates and patients. We are very thankful for Life Care’s support through this renovation and look forward to using our new environment to better serve our community for many years to come.”