Groundbreaking at the Nathaniel Witherell nursing home.
With shovels in hand, Governor Malloy, First Selectman Peter Tesei, and David Ormsby, Chairman of the Nathaniel Witherell Board, were joined by Senator Blumenthal and numerous town officials for the ground-breaking ceremony marking the long-overdue launching of “Project Renew.”
The $25.6 million renovation of the historic Nathaniel Witherell building that served town residents for more than one hundred years, originally as our general hospital and now as a senior care and rehab center, has been in the making for eleven years. A date of October 2014 is set for completion of the extensive renovations and improvements that will eliminate the four-bed, single bath rooms and increase the number of private rooms from twenty-six to sixty-four while creating a more modern appearance. The Rehabilitation Center will be significantly expanded, fire sprinkler systems installed in the administration building and the central HVAC and electrical and mechanical systems upgraded.
Andy Fox, chairman of the Building Committee, expressed confidence that the completion date for this well-studied project can be met. According to Board Chairman David Ormsby, “Project Renew” will enhance our ability to continue delivering our coveted Medicare five-star quality of care and enable Nathaniel Witherell to compete effectively with area nursing homes. Visit thenathanielwitherell.org for more information.