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St. Francis Manor Building Project Completion: Donor Reception & Public Open House

April 10, 2014

St. Francis Manor is pleased to announce that its $5.25 million building renovation is now complete!  The project included the addition of a 1,200 sq. ft. rehabilitation clinic, a commercial-sized kitchen, an additional dining room, a larger beauty shop with adjustable wash basins, administration offices and conference rooms.  The entire facility has been remodeled, including all 50 resident rooms, the Social Center, the nurses’ stations and offices, and all common areas.  The south lobby and dining room were converted into an activities room and comfortable seating areas for residents and their families.  New whirlpool spa bathing units were also installed on each of the four hallways. 

With assistance from the St. Francis Manor Foundation, ground was broken on December 23, 2010, for the $5.25 million project.   The project was financed by USDA Rural Development and included a $1 million community facilities direct loan and $50,000 community facilities grant.  The City of Grinnell also provided $1.25 million in tax-exempt bonds which were acquired by Great Western Bank. In addition, over $360,000 in community support donations were used for the project. A transitional care unit has recently been established at St. Francis Manor by converting 11 double rooms on its west wing adjoining the Rehabilitation Clinic into private rehabilitation rooms.

The Transitional Care Unit at St. Francis Manor is specifically designed to provide rehabilitative and skilled nursing care services to individuals who have had a hospital stay and need assistance gaining self-sufficiency and independence before transitioning home. A “grand reveal” private donor reception was held on Wednesday, April 2, to thank those who donated to the project and to give them a tour of the “new” facility.  Over 120 attended the donor reception including USDA Rural Development State Director Bill Menner and USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Michelle Moore. A wide variety of hors d’ oeuvres were served which showcased the ease of service through the new commercial-sized kitchen.

St. Francis Manor Executive Administrator Dion Schrack led the program by thanking the donors.  “We are extremely grateful to our generous donors,” said Dion. “Their donations were a critical factor in our ability to proceed with the building additions, remodeling of resident rooms and adding the whirlpool spa bathing units.” 

Donors then watched personal testimony videos of five staff members, a family member, a resident, and a previous client in our transitional care unit sharing how the donations helped transform the facility. Tom Lacina, former Chairperson of the St. Francis Manor Foundation, and Bill Menner also spoke. 

"It took real vision and courage by the leadership and the board to make this happen," said USDA Rural Development State Director Bill Menner. "It was not an easy decision to take on a project of this scope, but it has had a transformational effect on St. Francis Manor." On Sunday, April 6, a public open house was held to view the new facilities. Tours were led through the entire facility by FranConn, St. Francis Manor Board Member; Susie Jorth, Director of Community Services of St. Francis; Lori Glosser, MDS Coordinator; and Vickie Miller, Administrative RN. Refreshments were served in the Social Center.

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