Construction and Project Update

construction-foundation footersEvery day there is something new and interesting to see from the windows at Sarah Reed Senior Living.  The corner of West 22nd and Myrtle in the City of Erie is bustling with activity.  Construction crews are making great progress on our expansion project.

Pictured here is the excavated footprint of the addition to Reed House, our skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.  Workers are currently laying footers for the foundation.

Visit here often to view photos of the progress. Information on the project is listed below:

Project Scope:
 New construction of a 47,456 square foot addition to our skilled nursing facility
 Renovation of our existing skilled nursing area of 40,000 square feet
 Architectural firm is Weber, Murphy, Fox, Inc.
 Contractor is E.E. Austin & Son, Inc.
 Approximate cost $18,000,000
 Lender: First Niagara (tax exempt financing has been approved through the Erie County Hospital Authority)
Project Features:
 Private resident rooms & bathrooms with centrally located comfortable living & dining rooms
 Smaller, intimate, resident neighborhoods
 Enhanced Rehabilitation/Therapy Suite
 Private entrance on Myrtle Street
 Recreation facilities and outdoor courtyard
Benefits to the Community:
 The expansion project builds on our strong foundation of high quality care and services, is keeping with industry standards, and ensures that Sarah Reed’s mission and legacy continues.
 Current nursing care residents reap the comforts of a brand new home, and the residents in our apartments will have improved accommodations upon transition as their healthcare needs change.
 Sarah Reed will remain a primary choice for older adults & their families with its proximity to physicians, downtown offices, shopping, and accessibility to public transportation.
 This endeavor supports the local economy.

Flu Season Prevention Tips

Thanks to Sarah Reed’s Infection Control Nurse, Janet Kiehlmeier RN, for sharing these tips to prevent illnesses during this busy time of year:

Many of you are preparing for the Holiday season.  While this is a fun-filled time of the year, preparations for the Holidays can be hectic.  The added stress can wear you down and weaken your immune system.

Not only are the Holidays quickly approaching…influenza season will also soon be here.

Here are some tips to help strengthen your immune system:

  • Sleep well – aim for at least 7 hours
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Try to incorporate some “down time” into your day
  • Laugh – it’s good for you!
  • Exercise or meditate
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.  These are portals of entry for germs.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after coming in contact with these potential germ “hot spots”:
    • Menus
    • Railings
    • Cell phones
    • Money
    • Elevator buttons
    • ATM machine buttons
    • Credit/Debit card machine buttons
    • Vending machines
    • Gym equipment

Best wishes for a happy, healthy Holiday season!

Janet

 

Groundbreaking for Expansion & Renovation

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Tuesday, July 14th was a day of celebration at Sarah Reed Senior Living! After months of planning, we held a ceremonial groundbreaking and reception to mark the launch of the expansion and renovation project to our skilled nursing and rehab facility.

The program was to be held outdoors, but the threat of thunderstorms loomed, so we brought the ground inside for the occasion! Terry Carlin, Board President, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Speakers included Gale Magyar, Executive Director, Erie Mayor, Joseph Sinnott, and Gary Lee, Director of Administration, County of Erie. They all took part in the “breaking of the ground”. We were honored to have Mike Whitley, the great-great nephew of Sarah Reed with us as a groundbreaker as well. Another very special participant and groundbreaker, was Jane Joslin, our Reed Manor resident who lived here at Sarah Reed as a child.

Mayor Sinnott commented that Sarah Reed Senior Living meets a “critical need” for senior care in Erie. “Throughout the history of this community, Sarah Reed has been synonymous with senior care in this community,” Sinnott said. “The project being unveiled today represents the next generation of that.”

Reverend Richard Moyer, Sarah Reed’s Chaplain, blessed the ground and Terry Carlin told the history of a shovel to be used in the ceremony. “The shovel used today has been handed down through the years and was used originally with the braking of ground in 1969 with the addition of residential living apartments and Zurn Pavilion. It has since served as the official project shovel for future groundbreakings. Today, we turn the ground once more, as we might turn the pages of a history book, beginning yet another chapter, full of anticipation and excitement.”
In her remarks at the Groundbreaking Program, Executive Director, Gale Magyar stated, “This project will enhance our ability to deliver quality health care and other services for current and future residents.”
The size of the skilled nursing facility will more than double with the expansion and renovation. Construction of the 47,456-square-foot, two-story addition is expected to begin in August and will be completed in about 14 months. The estimated $18 million project will also include renovation of the existing 40,000-square-foot skilled nursing facility. Renovations will begin after the addition is built and will take about a year to complete. Residents will move into the new accommodations in phases.

The Construction won’t accommodate additional residents but will provide more space for current residents, who now share double rooms. Each resident will have a private room and bathroom plus additional common spaces, including living rooms and recreational areas, enhanced dining areas, a specially designed rehabilitation suite, and an outdoor courtyard. The nursing units will be smaller, designed as intimate resident neighborhoods. The completed project will offer 105 private rooms and two semiprivate rooms for couples.

“The project will transform a facility that looks like and feels like a traditional nursing home into a facility that looks like and feels like a home,” said Dennis Wilkins, principal architect for the project, of Weber Murphy Fox, Erie. The contractor for the project is E.E. Austin & Son, Inc. Tax exempt financing has been approved through the Erie County Hospital Authority, and the lender is First Niagara Bank.”This is local collaboration at its best,” said Gary Lee, Director of Administration, Erie County.
In closing, Gale Magyar referenced Sarah Reed’s history and future. “It is told that this organization began at first as a venture of faith. There was no money, no building, no furniture; only faith and a determination to make it a success. The 1904 annual report refers to the confidence of the public in the organization, and I am proud to say that the organization continues to earn the trust of the community today…This project represents our commitment to the past and confidence in its future. It is with pride, faith and optimism that another chapter in the history of this organization is written. It is an expression of pride and belief in the continued support from the community, faith in the ability of our staff to continue to provide quality care and services, and a belief in the Mission of this fine organization.”

Sarah Reed Announces Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Addition To Skilled Nursing Home

We are excited to announce the groundbreaking for the expansion and renovation of our Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation facility to be held on Tuesday, July 14th at 10:00 am. Mayor Sinnott will participate in the festivities.  Honored guests include Mr. Michael Whitley, the great-great nephew of Miss Sarah Reed, and Mrs. Mary Jane Joslin.  Mrs. Joslin lived at Sarah Reed as a child during the depression, and now lives in our Senior Apartments. Both Mr. Whitley and Mrs. Joslin will be among the actual ground-breakers. RSVP for event by calling Debbie today at 814-878-2612.  Scroll down to view invitation!

Project Scope: 

  • New construction of a 47,456 square foot addition to our skilled nursing facility
  • Renovation of our existing skilled nursing area of 40,000 square feet
  • Architectural firm is Weber, Murphy, Fox
  • Project is currently out to bid to several local contractors
  • Final cost will be determined upon return of bids

Project Features:

  • Private resident rooms & bathrooms with centrally located comfortable living & dining rooms
  • Smaller, intimate, resident neighborhoods
  • Enhanced Rehabilitation/Therapy Suite
  • Private entrance on Myrtle Street
  • Recreation facilities and outdoor courtyard

 Benefits to the Community:

  • The expansion project builds on our strong foundation of high quality care and services, is keeping with industry standards, and ensures that Sarah Reed’s mission and legacy continues.
  • Current nursing care residents reap the comforts of a brand new home, and the residents in our apartments will have improved accommodations upon transition as their healthcare needs change.
  • Sarah Reed will remain a primary choice for older adults & their families with its proximity to physicians, downtown offices, shopping, and accessibility to public transportation.
  • This endeavor supports the local economy.

 Event Details:  Outdoor Program w/speakers and groundbreaking to last approximately 30 minutes. Indoor Reception with refreshments will follow.

Contact:  Dina Scribner, Director of Marketing & Events    814-878-2626 or dinascribner@sarahareed.orgSarah Reed -Ground breaking Invitation

New Nursing Home Administrator Announced

On November 14, 2014, Karen Brobst assumed the position of Nursing Home Administrator at Sarah Reed.  Sandy Carlson, our former Administrator, has retired after 22 years of service to our organization.

Karen-BrobstKaren started her career 19 years ago as a Social Work intern at Sarah Reed. Following her graduation from Edinboro University, she was hired as a full time social worker for our nursing facility. Karen held this position for 10 years. During that time, she served on the Board of Directors for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2006, Karen became the Director of Resident Services for the Residential & Personal Care areas at Sarah Reed. In 2008, she obtained her certificate as Personal Care Home Administrator. In 2013, Karen was moved into the role of Assistant Administrator of Nursing under Sandy’s guidance and obtained her Nursing Home Administrator license in the fall of 2014.

 

Erie Gives Day

Sarah Reed Senior Living participates in The Community-Wide Day of Giving.  On this day The Erie Community Foundation matches donations to area Non-Profits.  See below for more information.  To donate to Sarah Reed any other day visit our Giving Page.

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