The opening date has not yet been set in stone, but the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will be open to the public Wednesday.
An open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will give the public a chance to meet the staff and tour the facility at 41861 State Highway 10 in Delhi.
“It’s very exciting at many levels,” said Paula Brown, director of community relations and marketing at DRNC. “We want people to see the modern center, while at the same time, we know this center is filling a void.”
The nearly 127,000-square-foot facility replaces Countryside Care Center, which was closed by the state Department of Health in 2012.
After finding a buyer, Personal Healthcare, and two years of construction, the center is getting set to open once it approves DOH approval.
“As soon as the Department of Health approves the center to open, one wing will be opened to accept about 15 residents,” Brown said.
The DOH is scheduled to do a final inspection early next week, Brown said. Once everything is approved, the doors will be opened for business.
The first resident ready to move into the facility is Cathleen Holmes of Margaretville. Holmes worked at the center in the past for more than 40 years, Brown said.
“The center is moving forward at a strategic pace. As the number of residents increase, the number of employees will increase,” Brown said.
The first wave of new employees came on board to participate in orientation this week.
“The orientation follows guidelines established by Personal Healthcare LLC,” Brown said.
Personal Healthcare is owned by Ephraim Zagelbaum, Jay Walden and Alex Barth.
“The staff will work to establish security, comfort and a sense of belonging, while yet respecting the privacy of residents,” Brown said.
The center was designed to be a part of the community.
“There are larger rooms for family gatherings and public meetings,” Brown said. “We also hope to bring local school activities here.”
One of the six wings in the center is a suite designed specifically for families who need to spend the night. A nurse’s station exists on each of the wings.
“Sixty percent of the rooms are private,” Brown said.
At full capacity, the facility will be home to 176 residents and 200* employees. It has a rehab room, complete with everyday living settings, where residents have opportunity to practice navigating a kitchen, bathroom and steps.
Director of Rehab Theresa Sullivan-Steitz and Director of Activities Carlene Bracci are both therapists ready to assist residents.
Public and private therapy rooms are also available. A main kitchen will prepare all food, delivered to three satellite dining areas so residents can eat at the same time.
Besides many other amenities, there are sitting rooms situated around the center and a beauty parlor.
“I worked here from 1977 to 1991 and am so happy to be back," said nurse Darlene Dutko of Delhi. "The more people who come to the open house, the better. We want them to see how beautiful the center has become.”
*Changed at 6:19 a.m. Nov. 29 to correct the number of employees.