2015-08-11 / Front Page

Changes enhance Winship Green

Facility located in Bath
BY DANEEM KIM
Times Record Staff


WINSHIP GREEN Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s administrator Tara Verville, left, and director Julie Kalloch are pictured in the center’s new “Passport Rehabilitation” wing. 
DANEEM KIM / THE TIMES RECORD WINSHIP GREEN Center for Health and Rehabilitation’s administrator Tara Verville, left, and director Julie Kalloch are pictured in the center’s new “Passport Rehabilitation” wing. DANEEM KIM / THE TIMES RECORD BATH

Change is happening at the Winship Green Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Bath, and for those who are quick to classify the local center as just a nursing home facility, it’s clear that recent improvements have proved otherwise.

“I feel that our community has known Winship Green for a very long time, primarily as … an ‘old nursing home,’” said Julie Kalloch, Winship Green’s director of admissions and marketing.

Following a change in name, a shift in administration and recent renovations at the facility, Kalloch and others at Winship Green Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Bath hope to shed this perception.

“We are so different from that now and the model has changed completely, and we want folks to see us as a rehabilitation and health care center,” she said.

The facility, which currently serves Bath and surrounding communities like Woolwich, Phippsburg and Harpswell and Lincoln County, not only provides for long-term care patients, but also offers rehabilitation services, with a newly renovated unit dedicated specifically for short-term care.

Renovations came about after a frozen sprinkler pipe burst and flooded the west wing of the center in February.

According to administrator Tara Verville, all patients affected by the flood were accommodated or moved to other available rooms while the unit was stripped and closed for three months, as the damage was significant.

The new wing, aptly called the “Passport Rehabilitation Program,” was designed as a skilled unit for individuals in need of short-term rehabilitation after hospitalization or other incidents. The new unit was officially revealed to the public at an open house in June and is currently the only one in town, according to Verville.

“It’s a passport to your way home,” Kalloch added.

The short-stay rehabilitation program offers 20 beds in addition to the 52 that are currently provided at the facility. The rooms in the rehabilitation wing also offer new flooring and furniture, alternating between blue and green “cucumber” or orange “squash” color schemes.

Kalloch said the rooms were designed to give off a hotel-like feel to patients so they will have the impression that their stay will brief in a “temporary, warm inviting environment.”

Verville also commended the National Health Care Associates, who bought out the center in 2013, for not only dealing with the financial loss of the wing this winter, but investing in making renovations to the center.

“It really shows commitment, plus it’s great for our staff to see that from the company,” she said.

Other changes at the center also include building a relationship with Mid Coast Hospital, as the hospital reached out to them last fall.

“They see us as all working for the same goal of providing health services in the community so they wanted to include Winship Green. According to them, we are the second highest referral receivers from Mid Coast Hospital for skilled services,” said Kalloch.

The center also welcomed a new medical team, with the introduction of medical director Dr. Florin Olteanu and nurse practitioner Doreen Siddall, who provide medical coverage four days a week all day in-house, according to Verville.

In addition to their services, the center also provides a rehab team which offers therapy services to short-stay patients up to seven days a week.

“It’s an amazing service that we’re offering at this time for health care,” Kalloch said.

dkim@timesrecord

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