JEFFERSON —After nearly three years of planning and renovating, the long awaited new wing of Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center is officially open.
It was announced during a reception for Dr. Edward James Miller on Sept. 13 that the wing would be named the ‘Dr. Edward J. Miller Rehabilitation Center’ in honor of Miller’s 50 years of service as a doctor in Ashe County.
Miller came to Ashe County and opened a general medicine clinic located in the Old Ashe County Hospital on Sept. 8 and has since worked for the Ashe County Health Department, the Ashe County Detention Center, the emergency room of Ashe Memorial Hospital as well as many other community establishments during those 50 years.
Miller has worked at Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center for nearly 15 years and is currently the medical director of the facility.
“His affiliation and his leadership has made a big difference in our ability to provide great care,” Margate Health and Rehabilitation CEO-Executive Director Scott Davis said.
Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, Sept. 17 to announce the opening of their newest addition.
Davis, who has been with Margate Health and Rehabilitation for three years, has seen the project unfold from beginning to end.
“It’s a beautiful new building and I’m excited to get it up and running,” Davis said.
The new wing features a 40-bed private room rehabilitation facility for short term care, in addition to nurse stations, private rooms with their own bathrooms and TVs, as well as a therapy gym.
According to Davis, the new therapy gym is approximately four times the size of their old one and allows patients to not only regain mobility but to relearn how to cook and clean at home. Patients and staff began making use of the gym on Sept. 16.
Davis said the facility is meant for those who come out of hospital surgery and are in need of a transition period before going back home.
“Hopefully in a short term stay, this is what people are looking for. It feels more like a hotel or condo,” Davis said. “We’re excited to get it open and let people come enjoy it.”
The facility also features a new day room which has dining room style seating and a lounging area. A newly constructed courtyard allows a peaceful environment for patients.
“This common area is really nice because residents can come out here and roam around freely,” Davis said. “It’s a safe area where you don’t have to worry about traffic and it’s all flat and easy to get around.”
All rooms at Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center have views of the courtyard or the surrounding mountains.
According to Davis, admissions for the new rooms will begin this week.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.