The Schoellkopf Health Center is getting an extreme makeover.
Work began this week on a $1.5 million renovation project that will see the 120-bed facility receive new lighting, flooring and wall coverings throughout its hallways. Each resident's private room will receive the same treatment along with new furnishings.
All lounge and dining areas will be significantly upgraded and the center's bathing and shower areas will be modernized.
"We're very excited to see this project begin and look forward to the many positive changes it will bring," Schoellkopf Administrator John Durno said.
Opened in January 1973 as the Niagara Falls Memorial Nursing Home, the facility was rededicated in 1994 as the Schoellkopf Health Center in recognition of the leadership and generosity of then-nursing home board chairman Paul A. Schoellkopf.
In addition to long-term nursing care, the facility also houses the Rooker Rehabilitation Unit, a short-term rehab center for patients recuperating from stroke, heart disease, surgery or other serious illness or injury; and David's Path, a dedicated hospice unit that operates as a joint initiative with Niagara Hospice. The center overlooks Memorial Medical Center's historic Schoellkopf Park.
The Schoellkopf Health Center renovation is the latest in a series of investments Memorial has made in the facility in recent years, medical center President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said.
"Projects such as this, along with the restoration of Schoellkopf Park, the renovation of the Rooker Rehabilitation Unit and the construction of David's Path help ensure that Schoellkopf patients and residents, especially the aged and infirm, will be able to live out their lives with dignity and respect while enjoying the comfort of private rooms in a modern, attractive facility," Ruffolo said.
The project is scheduled to be completed in October.