According to Dennis Burtnett, administrator, there are seven patients currently being cared for in the restructured wing.
“I think they generally like it over there. I think the key is the fact we have already made [one of the halls] into private rooms, although it is not yet renovated,” Burtnett said. “They really like it because they have their own privacy.”
He reported the rehabilitation center’s long hall is 80 percent complete. Burtnett said the original completion date has been moved back a couple of weeks. Predictions say renovations should be finished within the first week of May instead of the latter half of April.
Several patients have already been turned away.
“It is kind of frustrating to do that, but we don’t want to rush too quickly,” Burtnett said.
According to Sandy Brock, controller and human resources director, referrals have been given by local healthcare professionals.
“When [a patient] asked the places they could go, it was actually the doctor who mentioned all three places,” Brock said. “… He mentioned Bradley Healthcare as one of the places she could go.”
A variety of cases will be handled within the rehabilitation center. Brock said everything is covered from heart attack recoveries and athletic injuries to recuperation following a stroke.
Additional changes to be made within the center are new carpet to replace the old and decorations within the current eight private rooms.
John Stanbery, board chairman, said the public needs to be aware of repercussions caused by the CHOICES program.
“Gov. [Phil] Bredeson was happy to announce the CHOICES program. He told citizens, ‘Hey, we are going to give you this new program.’ The problem is how they decided to pay for it,” Stanbery said. “They pulled it out of nursing homes. He paid for it by changing the criteria for someone to get into a nursing home.”
Continued Stanbery, “That part wasn’t sold. So this is the negative end of the moving of money to something else.”
According to tn.gov, CHOICES is TennCare’s program for long-term care services for elderly (65 years and older) or disabled (21 years or older).
Long-term care includes helping patients with everyday activities they are no longer able to accomplish alone. This level of care may be carried out in a nursing home, at home or in the community, depending on the individual case.
In other news, board members agreed they would like to send out cards to employees on medical leave.