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Friends Care Director Karl Zalar gives the audience a "tour" of the new rehabilitation facility, to be opened in July 2010. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Friends Care breaks ground on rehabilitation wing

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Friends Care Community Center officially broke ground on Monday on a $2.25 million rehabilitation wing at its Herman Street campus. It’s the latest expansion for the 30-year-old non-profit, which provides skilled care, assisted living and independent living for the elderly.

“It’s a big day for Friends Care, inaugurating the next chapter in its history,” said board president Mary White at the ceremony. “To keep people in their homes strong and healthy is an integral part of long-term care places everywhere.”

Friends Care board members and local elected officials commemorate the groundbreaking of the new rehabilitation facility. (Photo by Megan Bachman)


The new 14,000-square-foot wing, part of which is being remodeled from the existing facility, will have a separate entrance, 16 private rooms with a bathroom and shower in each, an internet-connected dining room, a lounge and a new therapy and fitness area which current residents can also use. Occupational therapists and specialists will be on hand to help new patients recover and to meet the needs of existing residents.

“The rehabilitation facility will help to provide what the community [of Yellow Springs] needs and to assure the financial sustainability of Friends Care,” White said.

Also at the ceremony, long-term staff member Joanie Gifford was honored for serving at Friends Care for its entire 30 year history.

Friends Care Director Karl Zalar thanks staff member Joanie Gifford for 30 years of service to Friends Care. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Friends Care Director Karl Zalar gives staff member Joanie Gifford a plaque and gift for 30 years of service to Friends Care. (Photo by Megan Bachman)


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