Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center to Expand

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WATERFORD — A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled next week for an addition to the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Waterford. A new one-story building – located in an area by part of the existing facility – will retain wooded areas and walking paths near Scott Lake.

In the present center, 15 percent of the 108 rooms are private, 70 percent are semi-private and 15 percent are four-bed wards. The first stage of the project will include 50 private rooms with private baths and other amenities, including closet space, desk and flat-screen television in 300 square feet of living space. The chapel overlooking Scott Lake will remain in the center, connected to the new structure.

In addition, there will be a new therapy center, an indoor town square that will be a gathering area for residents and visitors, and administrative offices. The lower level will include a new addition for an expanded employee education room and information technology center. Other sections will be renovated to improve the employee lounge and power plant, including new, energy efficient boilers. This stage is expected to be completed by early fall 2015.

The Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is the anchor that led to the founding of Fox Manor on the Lake independent living in 1991, Mendelson Home assisted living in 2001 and Clausen Manor memory care in 1995. Today the overall Lourdes community has grown to some 250 residents served by a staff of 270.

The grounding breaking will be at 1 p.m. May 13, at 2300 Watkins Lake Rd. The event also begins a 50th anniversary celebration of the facility, culminating on May 1 of next year.  A reception will follow the groundbreaking.

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