Orchard Manor celebrates expanded rehab services

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Orchard Manor, a 160-bed nursing home and rehabilitation site on Bates Road, celebrated an expanded rehab site on Tuesday.

Orchard Manor knocked out walls from next-door office rooms and enlarged the area for rehabilitation services. The expanded space also has new equipment for physical therapy and exercise.

Joining in for the ribbon-cutting include, from left: Kathy Blackburn, executive director of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce; Greg Forsey, chief operating officer for Global Health Care (owner of Orchard Manor); Randi Scholes, clinical liaison; David Denny, Orchard Manor administrator; Medina Mayor Andrew Meier; Jamal Hussain, rehab director; Benjamin Addura, regional director of rehab; and Heidi Smith, director of nursing.

Orchard Manor has about 40 of its 160 beds in a dedicated rehab unit where people usually stay for a short time and receive services to come back from a broken hip, stroke or other injury.

“The main reason we did this is to help people get better so they can go home,” said Heidi Smith, the director of nursing.

David Denny, Orchard Manor administrator, thanked the staff and community for embracing the recent changes at Orchard Manor.

Orchard Manor about two years ago was sold by Medina Memorial Hospital to Global Health Care.

Besides the expanded rehab unit, Global has switched the site to electronic health records, added touch-screen kiosks for staff to report care provided and the status of residents, redone the lobby and hallways, and added new equipment.

Medina Mayor Andrew Meier addressed a crowd of more than 100 people at the celebration on Tuesday. He praised Global and the Orchard Manor leadership for the many improvements at the site.

“This is indeed a community asset providing services to the elderly and people who need services,” Meier told the crowd. “This institution has become a greater asset since you’ve taken over.”

Meier told the group Orchard Manor has a special place for his family. His father and grandmother both received care at Orchard Manor.

Santa Claus stopped in for the celebration at Orchard Manor. He is pictured with Macenzie Sword of Medina. Her mother Corina Sword works as a certified nursing assistant in training at Orchard Manor.