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Center to be a 'model' for care

February 01, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

Center to be a 'model' for care

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Nursing home residents in Charles Town will begin moving in to the Shenandoah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on March 1.

The new nursing and rehabilitation center, a $4.5 million joint venture between Jefferson Memorial Hospital and Glenmark-Genesis, takes the place of two other Charles Town nursing homes - Knott Nursing Home and Shenandoah Nursing Home.

At the facility's ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday, U.S. Rep. Bob Wise, D- W.Va., said the center is a state-of the art home for West Virginia's growing senior citizen population.

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"I'm looking forward to seeing this as a model of nursing care for the rest of the state," Wise said.

The center, at 219 Prospect St., has a physical and occupational therapy section as well as a speech-language pathology room, which is new to the area for in-patient services, said Teresa McCabe, spokeswoman for Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

"This is important because it will provide the most modern services to the senior citizen population," Wise said.

Like the rest of the state, Jefferson County has a fast-growing senior citizen population - from local retirees to those who move from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area after retirement, Wise said.

About 100 staff members will oversee the 78-bed home, said Susan Lopp, administrator of the center. She expects there will be some availability after residents of the other two nursing homes get settled.

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