Oct. 17, 2014
Good Shepherd Nursing Home Starts Construction on New Dietary Department
Good Shepherd, the area’s only five-star nursing home, has begun construction of a new $4.3 million Dietary Department designed to enhance residents’ meal quality by supporting improved meal preparation and delivery.
The complex project required Good Shepherd to lease a custom kitchen, which it will use to maintain operations while the new Dietary Department is built. Custom kitchen components, refrigerators and freezers were delivered and installed this week in the rear parking area on the building’s north end. Construction workers used a giant crane to move the bulky modules into place.
During construction, Good Shepherd will convert its current dining room to a temporary meal assembly and dishwashing area and will use the resident activity room as a temporary dining area. The setup will be in place throughout 2015, as construction of the new Dietary Department will take more than a year.
Good Shepherd Administrator Don Kirsch said the project is part of ongoing improvements in resident rooms and common areas designed to augment residents’ quality of life. The nursing home recently opened its new One South Unit to eliminate the third bed in in Good Shepherd’s triple rooms. “This new unit has been warmly received by our residents and their family members,” he said.
The nursing home is also in the process of renovating an area that formerly served as the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. Good Shepherd is converting the former convent into 15 independent living apartments earmarked for spouses of nursing home residents. “The sisters graciously gifted their convent to the Home to enhance the quality of life of the Home’s residents and their spouses,” Mr. Kirsch said. “They have moved to smaller quarters within the Good Shepherd campus.” Officials expect the $4.2 million dollar project to be completed by early January, 2015.
“We are pleased and proud of these improvements and are confident that we are providing our residents with a facility and a living environment that is second to none,” he said.
When these projects are complete, the total cost of renovations and improvements made to Good Shepherd in the past 20 years will exceed $17.5 million. “Our only goal is an improved quality of life for each of our residents,” he said.
Located at 159 Edgington Lane in Wheeling, Good Shepherd Nursing Home is a private, nonprofit nursing home established in 1970 to provide long-term care and services to residents of West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle and contiguous counties in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. It’s part of a continuum of care that includes independent living and assisted living options offered by the Welty Home for the Aged Inc., a nonprofit organization.
Good Shepherd has earned the coveted five-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and has been named one of America’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News and World Report every year since the nursing home ratings have been issued. The 175,000 square foot building is home to 192 residents.