Brooke Grove's Legacy of Service Continues with Opening of New Rehab Center
Posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The Grand Opening of Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center's (BGRNC) new rehab addition was a "Simply Different" occasion as employees, volunteers, residents, famly members and others integrally involved with its construction gathered on April 27 to enjoy a program of celebration, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, live classical music and a sumptuous array of hors d'ouevres.
The event was specifically planned to pay tribute to the BGRNC staff, "who make the magic happen," noted Administrator Eileen Alexander. One front-line team member from each department cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of a building strategically designed to rejuvenate and restore, then dozens of monarch butterflies were released as a visual symbol of renewed life to be found within its walls.
"This building is a blend of healthcare and hospitality," explained Brooke Grove Foundation (BGF) Vice President Dennis Hunter. With a therapy gym and dining areas bathed in sunlight, fireside gathering places, outdoor porches and expansive private rooms, "We have created spaces that offer a sense of quiet and a sense of peace, where people feel good and realize that they can get better."
The opening of the new rehab center marks the fulfillment of years of planning and collaboration by Mr. Hunter, Ms. Alexander, Project Manager Greg Porter, Construction Manager Peter Oster and a host of other Brooke Grove Retirement VIllage and BGRNC leadership team members -- along with project partners from Morgan-Keller Construction; Reese, Lower, Patrick and Scott; and others. "We have a lot of people to thank, but this day is really about each one of the many members of our staff," said BGF President Keith Gibb. "We have a $26 million building and a team that no amount of money can buy."
From the architect's design vision to construction craftsmanship and a multitude of decisions regarding colors, fabrics, furnishings, equipment and every detail of the new building, "There were -- and will continue to be -- many, many artists designing and contributing their unique brushstrokes to this beautiful canvas that is Brooke Grove," concluded Ms. Alexander. "We celebrate the talented artists who make possible the living, working and healing environments in which Brooke Grove's legacy of 'touching people's lives' continues to thrive."
The public is invited to tour the new rehab center during a Community Open House on Thursday, May 25, from 2-5 p.m. Healthcare and senior service providers are encouraged to attend a Professional Open House on Tuesday, June 13, from 4:30-7 p.m. Please RSVP to Toni Davis, 301-388-7209 or firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 23 or June 11.