Concordia of the South Hills (CSH) ceremonially broke ground yesterday on a 3000 sq. ft. expansion to the Health Center wing that will add a therapy gym and several other upgrades.
"It's a little over two years since Concordia Way was established in Mt. Lebanon, and here we are already for another new beginning," Freyer said during the ceremony. "For 130 years, Concordia has been a place with a mission of caring, healing and comfort. 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 for being the provider of choice in the region."
Martik Bros. will begin construction this week, with the ultimate goal to have the addition completed by the end of April 2012. CSH is licensed for 46 skilled nursing beds and serves roughly 30 short-term rehab patients per day.
"Having therapy on each floor improves communication between therapists and nurses and allows short-term rehab patients access on the same floor as their accommodations," said Frndak-Suder.
Architects Noelker & Hull have designed a fully-equipped kitchen for therapy simulation. They have also planned upgrades in the nursing wing, increasing the size of the living room areas. Each of the floors will have a private dining room for families. In addition, new bedroom furniture and general upgrades are planned for the 46 skilled nursing units and flat screen TVs will be added to the therapy gym walls on each floor.
Special thanks to those who participated in the ceremony: Director of Rehab Beth McSwaney, Frndak-Suder, Bella Heppenheimer, the eldest independent living resident who is currently having some therapy, Director of Nursing Sarah Eckert, Concordia Board Members James Wolf, Virginia Humphrey and Sylvia Armen, Hortert, and Dean and Frank Martik from Martik Bros.
Concordia Lutheran Ministries, parent company for CSH, acquired the Continuing Care Retirement Community October 26, 2009. In addition to the skilled nursing component, the facility consists of 126 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, 48 personal care and 12 memory-support units.
Concordia Lutheran Ministries President and CEO Keith Frndak said, "Our mission is to serve people and God has blessed us with the opportunity to expand. We continue to work to serve more and to serve better."