Slovene Home for the Aged Update
The Slovene Home for the Aged (the Slovene Home), held a groundbreaking ceremony on August 15, 2011, to kick-off Phase II of its three-phase expansion and renovation project. The rain held off to make way for a beautiful, sunny day as staff, board members and residents gathered with project architects from Herman Gibans Fodor, Inc. and Councilman Michael Polensek to commemorate this exciting occasion. Board Chair Bob Klancher made opening remarks and introduced Councilman Polensek, who lauded the Slovene Home’s rich history, tradition and commitment to quality care.
Also on hand was Anita Gray, Congressional Liaison for Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, representatives from the project construction firm Marous Brothers, and Jure Zmauc, Consul General for the Republic of Slovenia.
The ceremony marked the beginning of construction of a new, state-of-the-art physical therapy suite, as well as 88 private rooms and 31 shared rooms. This expansion will enhance the Home’s short-term rehabilitation services as well as provide a more comfortable environment for existing and new residents. Construction is slated to be complete in May 2012.
Phase I of the project, which was completed in March 2011, included relocating the staff parking lot to newly acquired land, a complete reconfiguration of the existing visitor’s parking lot, a more easily accessible entrance, an entry canopy, pedestrian walkways and new boulevard entrance.
The groundbreaking ceremony was a wonderful event that demonstrates the Slovene Home’s ability to continue to serve its residents, respective families, staff, community partners and the Collinwood neighborhood. The Home is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is looking forward to celebrating 50 more years of excellence.