Volume LVIIINovember 2011Number 4

Masonic Village at Sewickley Nursing Center
Will Complete Circle of Excellence

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania held a datestone ceremony for the Masonic Village at Sewickley's brand new nursing center on Nov. 3.

A 64,000 square foot addition to the former 43,000 square foot Valley Care Masonic Center, which included 128 beds in primarily semi-private rooms, is well under way. Renovations to the pre-existing building will begin early next year.

The residents' new home will be laid out in eight 16-bed units, called "neighborhoods." It will include 88 private rooms and 20 shared private suites with showers in each bathroom. Each neighborhood will have its own dining area and activity room. The Staunton Support Wing, a special care area specifically designed to serve residents with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, will expand from 20 beds to two 16-bed dementia neighborhoods.

"We are transforming the nursing home from a hospital model to a neighborhood model which will dramatically enhance the quality of life for our residents," Eric Gross, executive director, said. "Residents will all enjoy much improved privacy in their rooms, larger community living areas, and they will be part of neighborhoods that feel more like families."

The new addition has been "dried in" with roof and window installation scheduled to be completed in late November, meaning no more weather-related delays. Work has begun on the interior of the building. A mock up room has been completed, setting up the final standard for construction of residents' rooms.

Masonic Village residents and staff voted on names for the eight neighborhoods. A list of choices was narrowed down to different species of trees found on campus (there are more than 60!) and the final selections were: Magnolia Court, Hawthorne Court (short-term rehab), Dogwood Court (lower functioning memory support), Redwood Court (higher functioning memory support), Birch Place, Maple Place, Oak Place and Willow Place.

Construction on the new building began mid-September 2010. The two new wings are expected to be completed by the end of January 2012, at which time renovations will begin on the pre-existing wing. The final project will cost approximately $20 million.

The campus also offers 228 retirement living apartments and 43 villas and 60 personal care residences.

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