Concordia of the South Hills (CSH) celebrated the completion of its Health Center Therapy Addition at a Grand Opening on Thursday, May 31 from 3 6 p.m. Below is video from the ceremony and dedication.
A cocktail reception featuring tours, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment was held with the dedication ceremony in the second floor therapy gym.
President and CEO of Concordia Lutheran Ministries Keith Frndak presented a toast, thanking the staff and residents for their patience during the five-month construction, following the blessing given by Director of Chaplaincy Rev. Jack Hartman.
Also in attendance were board members Sylvia Armen, Peter Fischer and his wife, Barbara who is a volunteer at Concordia of the South Hills, Sandy Marcovecchio, Chuck Prine and Jim Wolf; Rabbi Alex Greenbaum from Beth El Congregation of the South Hills; and president of the resident council Mary Lou Frock, who also served as a greeter. Bill Moore, on behalf of Representative Matt Smith, praised the organization for its foresight and service to the community.
Entertainment was provided by bass player Sunny Sunseri and Joe DeFazio on the keyboards.
Perhaps the most poignant part of the celebration was the testimonial given by a former patient's son, Tom Finlay. His mother, Pauline celebrated her 100th birthday while she was at Concordia of the South Hills and has since passed away. His remarks underscore Concordia's tagline, "We put our Faith in Caring."
This expansion of the health center therapy area positions Concordia to serve the needs of our current residents as well as those who select us as the provider of choice in the region. Architects Noelker & Hull designed two state-of-the-art therapy gyms located adjacent to the skilled nursing units, fully equipped kitchen for therapy simulation, open and spacious patient living rooms, private dining rooms for family use, multiple large screen TVs and updated private accommodations. Martik Bros. began the $970,000 construction mid-December.
The entire outside wall of the therapy gym is windowed and arced, creating a lovely view of the outdoors and wonderful natural lighting. Installed on one side is a kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and dark wood cabinets as well as a bathtub for patients to simulate activities of daily living.
CSH is licensed for 46 skilled nursing beds and serves 30 short-term rehab patients per day according to CEO Brian Hortert. Administrator Kay Frndak-Suder said the 3000 sq. ft., two-story addition will enhance efficiency and communication for therapists and nurses and provide convenience for rehab patients.
Concordia Lutheran Ministries, parent company for CSH, acquired the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) on October 26, 2009. In addition to the skilled nursing (health center) area, the facility consists of 126 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, 48 personal care and 12 memory-support units.