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Peak Resources to debut upgrades

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

Peak Resources in Cherryville is preparing to open a new facility in late November, relocating from its current one to a site closer to Lincoln County.

Construction is currently wrapping up on the new, 65,000-square-foot building at 7615 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, with the parking lot and landscaping work among the final items to be completed.

Headquartered in Gastonia, the nursing- and rehabilitation-care operation has various other locations, including in Graham, Charlotte, Carthage, Shelby and Durham.

The original Cherryville facility, located on Self Street, is more than 50 years old.

Evelyn Ross, marketing and admissions director, said it was time for the facility to upgrade.

“We offer a great alternative,” she said of Peak Resources, noting that many Lincoln County residents may not be aware of what they have to offer.

Administrator Cheryl Mikell is most excited for the 3,500-square-foot therapy room, full of state-of-the-art equipment.

The goal, after all, is to get patients back home, she said.

The facility will also have 54 skilled-nursing beds and 57 assisted-living beds, with a mix of private and semi-private rooms. There will additionally be a 24-bed memory-care unit, with 24-hour supervision for residents with dementia and a secure outside area.

Numerous clinical services will be offered on-site, as well. Some of these include complex wound care, outpatient dialysis, mobile imaging and physical, occupational and speech therapies.

A laundry room, full kitchen and restaurant-style dining will also be available, in addition to recreational activities, special-event celebrations and religious and beauty services.

With open courtyards, gardens, two front porches, soft, muted color choices and light fixtures rather than institutional lighting, both Ross and Mikell stressed the improved aesthetics of the new facility.

While the move will slightly boost the prices patients currently pay, Mikell added that the cost will still be “in the market range.” They are already taking deposits now.

Nursing staff is expected to be added as their census grows, she said.

Having broken ground in August of 2012, Peak Resources is planning an open house in early November.

 

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