Under the LifeBridge Health Partners division, Carroll Hospital is expanding its services for the Carroll County community with the building of a new nursing home named Atlee Hill, scheduled to open in early 2021.
LifeBridge Health Partners, Carroll Hospital and Brinton Woods Health & Rehabilitation Center at Winfield held a groundbreaking ceremony and shared the new name of the center on September 3, outside the facility’s future location off of Washington and Gist roads.
Nearly 100 people gathered for the ceremony, including members of LifeBridge Health and Carroll Hospital’s Board of Directors, members of the Carroll Hospital Foundation and Carroll Hospice Boards of Trustees, as well as leaders from Carroll Hospital, LifeBridge Health and Brinton Woods. Other guests included long-time supporters of the hospital and members of the community.
“Each of the LifeBridge Health hospitals has a nursing home presence right on their campus and now Carroll Hospital will also have one,” said David Krajewksi, LifeBridge Health executive vice president and chief financial officer, during the ceremony. “This further emphasizes that we are not just acute care hospitals; we are a health system, and this brings the continuum of care to Carroll Hospital.”
The project comes more than one year after LifeBridge Health became the majority partner of Brinton Woods Health & Rehabilitation Center at Winfield. The partnership included rebuilding the skilled nursing facility on the Carroll Hospital campus under a new name.
“It’s exciting to see Carroll Hospital grow and achieve its vision of serving our community and where residents are at in their life’s journey,” said Leslie Simmons, president of Carroll Hospital and executive vice president of LifeBridge Health, during her remarks. “It is even a greater joy to re-name the new center keeping Carroll’s rich history in mind.”
The facility will be named Atlee Hill in recognition of the role Atlee Wampler Jr. played in establishing Carroll County General Hospital in 1961. Mr. Wampler was the first board president and chair of the fundraising campaign to build the hospital. The center is also set high on a hill with majestic views of Westminster, giving a nod to the current beautiful setting of Brinton Woods in Winfield. Atlee Hill will provide patients with short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care in a home-like, comfortable environment.
The two-story building will consist of 60 beds, 40 private and 10 semi-private rooms, and will offer residents a comprehensive range of services such as physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy, as well as wound and pulmonary care and care for patients recovering from surgery. With its proximity to the hospital, it also will enhance the quality of care by improving patients’ access to clinical providers and specialized services at the hospital.
“All these benefits will provide a streamlined and innovative program to allow our patients to heal and regain their health as we work to get them back to home after they have a major health episode,” said Daren Cortese, president of Brinton Woods. “We’re going to be a critical part of this campus.”
The construction of Atlee Hill is expected to cost $15 million and is estimated to open by January 2021.
Photo caption: From left to right are Leslie Simmons, president of Carroll Hospital and executive vice president of LifeBridge Health; David Krajewksi, LifeBridge Health executive vice president and chief financial officer; Jeffrey Wothers, chair of Carroll Hospital’s Board of Directors; Gary Yankanich, partner in Brinton Woods Senior Living; Barry Levin, chair of LifeBridge Health’s Board of Directors; and Daren Cortese, president of Brinton Woods.