The Heart of Georgia Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility is celebrating a new start. On Thursday, staff members held a grand reopening to show off their newly-renovated building.
Administrative Assistant Donna Little said it's a new day for staff and patients. “It's a very emotional day,” said Little. “But it's very special to us.”
They're celebrating their newly-remodeled building, remembering a day that’s hard to forget. “God is the one that kept us safe,” said Little. “He is the one that guided us through all of it.”
On May 15, 2014, the old home was destroyed by a tornado that tore off the roof. The staff evacuated more than ninety patients. “I remember seeing debris all over the floor, water all over the floor,” said Little. “The roof was ripped off.”
And in the midst of the storm, no one was hurt and no patient was left behind. “And what's amazing is... what could have been a tragedy has evolved into triumph,” said CEO Carolyn Elaine Disher.
One year later, they started rebuilding. “They're like a phoenix rising from the ashes,” said Disher. “They supported each other, they have stuck together.”
Through good times and bad times, the team pushed on. This March, former Administrator Butch Milner got sick. Milner died three months later. “We're all holding up good because we know this is what he would want us to do,” said Little.
The new nursing home has new furniture, new medical equipment, and a new dining area for patients. CEO Carolyn Elaine Disher estimates the repairs cost nearly $1 million. The staff is also dedicating a special room in building to honor the late Butch Milner.
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