Skilled Nursing Center To Expand

Healthcare Services To Benefit

FORT MYERS, FL (February 1, 2001) – Quality healthcare has always been a foundation of the caring environment that exists at Shell Point. With full-time staff physicians available 24 hours a day, an onsite pharmacy, behavioral and psychological services, and other benefits, Shell Point frees residents from “what-if” worries by providing health and medical services at every level of the continuum of care.

(photo at right) Pavilion residents and employees, Project Development team members, and employees of Wright Construction help spread the word of The Pavilion’s expansion.

The Pavilion, Shell Point’s skilled nursing facility, serves a vital role in short-term healthcare, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and long-term nursing care. The Pavilion is now entering an expansion phase, adding a new four-floor wing onto the existing building. According to administrator Tim Kimes, this will “enhance delivery of health care to all Shell Point residents.” It will provide much needed office space for Pavilion personnel, as well as increasing the available occupancy from 180 beds to 219 beds, with more emphasis on private and semi-private rooms.

The expanded areas of the second, third, and fourth floors will all include more lounges and other places to sit and socialize. Each floor will also have its own activity space, as well as an enclosed lanai. Plus, adds Kimes, “with nurse’s stations at the corners, we maintain a line of sight to every resident’s room.”

The most profound changes will occur on the ground floor. The new wing will include a series of physician offices, dental offices, podiatry offices, and radiological services. “There will also be office space for the Pavilion Auxiliary,” said Kimes, referring to a group of resident volunteers who assist the staff in many ways to enhance the lives of those who live in The Pavilion. “We want to make sure they can continue their important work with the residents.”

“Once the physical needs of a resident are met,” said Kimes, “the needs of the spirit can also be addressed.” A new chapel will accommodate memorial services and other special events, as well as being convertible to a meeting area. The chapel’s windows will overlook the beautiful lagoon in the middle of The Island. A new deck and vista will also be added alongside the lagoon, with easy accessibility for all people.

When combined with a renovation of the nearby Medical Center, the resulting top-notch medical complex will equip medical staff with the best possible facilities. “At the completion of the project,” said Kimes, “there will be a brand new environment for the delivery of health care and rehabilitative services to the residents of Shell Point.”

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