Community Liaison Director Dottie Burgess visits with resident Rena Shields, 90, and her daughter Jayme Hamilton, visiting from Michigan. Shields was moving into her new private room at Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville Monday afternoon.
By IVY HERRON
Patients, staff and residents are excited that the new Rehabilitation Unit of the Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville is almost complete.
"We have 10 semi-private rooms and six private rooms available in the new wing," said Dottie Burgess, community liaison director for the facility. "Our open house celebration will be held when everything is complete, but we have patients and residents already moving into some of the completed rooms."
Brazil resident Pearl Coffman is one of the first patients in the new wing of the facility. She is recuperating from her July 27th bladder surgery at Union Hospital in her semi-private room in the new addition of Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville.
"It's beautiful here," she said while crocheting a new baby blanket for her great-grandchild. "There's great people here to take care of me while I get better. At home, there wouldn't be anyone to help me. I was here in February to recuperate from pneumonia, and liked it so well I became an employee. Now I'm back again."
Coffman's three-night stay in the hospital qualified her for 20 days of Medicare benefits for rehabilitation, said Burgess, who urges people to check their insurance plans.
"Sometimes people don't realize they are eligible for rehabilitation benefits," she said.
Rena Shields, 90, formerly of Clay City, is one of the first lucky residents to move into one of the six new private rooms. She plans to decorate her room with personal items and paintings by her son-in-law Larry Hamilton.
"I like it (in this room) because I can see outside better," Shields said while visiting with her daughter Jayme Hamilton, from Michigan.
"It's a beautiful room," Hamilton said. "She will like it here."
The new wing includes a sitting room, dining room and advanced rehabilitation equipment to help speed patient recovery and enable them to return home more quickly.
The whole facility has had a face-lift during the construction of the new unit. New floor tile and protective carpeting has been installed along the hallways and a fresh coat of paint and complimentary decorations throughout the building have added a more country and home-like atmosphere to the facility for staff, residents and visitors to enjoy, according to Burgess.
The public is invited to tour the new wing during an open house at the facility on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m.