By Max Hrenda
After spending nearly two years in development, Hillview Health & Rehabilitation Center officially opened its new wing with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon.
Standing before a crowd of city, county, and state officials, John Sheehan Jr., president of Hillview’s parent company, the Ocoee Foundation, thanked Hillview’s staff members for their work through the construction.
“These projects are never easy, especially when you have to take care of people,” Sheehan said. “From what I understand, service and care was never interrupted. So thank you all.”
Construction on the new facility began in April 2012, though the development process officially began in June 2011, when the expansion was approved by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.
Although the facility was originally slated to open late last year, Sheehan said the finished product was worth the wait.
“I’ve been in the nursing home business for 25 years,” Sheehan said. “I’ve financed hundreds of these facilities in my experience. This addition is as nice as you’ll find anywhere.”
The addition’s ambience was the primary focus of its construction.
Unlike the facility’s upper level, which is devoted almost exclusively to long-term care, the new wing is designed to focus on patients who will, eventually, return home.
“The new section is more for short-term rehab patients,” said Hillview’s Director of Nursing Amy Henegar. “They come, they get their therapy, and then they transition home.”