Pine Haven Christian Communities Announces Major Expansion of Senior Care Facilities and Programs

Roger Leys, Chief Executive Officer of Pine Haven Christian Communities was excited to announce that on March 25, 2013, “The Pine Haven Board of Directors set the number one priority of Pine Haven’s future multi-phase strategic plan. The 1st priority recommended by the Clinical Programs and Quality Improvement Committee and approved by the Board of Directors is the building of a new nursing home and restorative therapy complex on the 50 acre Pine Haven Prairie Crossing campus in Sheboygan Falls. Leys commented, “Pine Haven’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate, Christ-centered care. We make no decision without a certainty that God is leading our organization and staff. The past board purchased the property at the Prairie Crossing site for future development. We are not abandoning the Giddings Avenue location, but due to our being “land locked”, we cannot develop the type of skilled nursing and rehabilitation center we know the community needs.”

The Board also approved a recommendation for demolishing the current nursing home’s north and south wings. There will be major improvements made to the Residential Center allowing for more green space, improved resident/community access and parking off of Giddings Avenue. Leys explained, “Future phases will be implemented as resources and plans are approved, but the future is exciting for Pine Haven and our communities. Services will be expanded, employment opportunities will grow as will our campuses to meet the needs of residents and families throughout Sheboygan County.”

The newest section of the nursing home is over 40 years old with the oldest section being over 60 years old. The actual cost of a complete overhaul and update of the inner mechanicals and design would be close to the cost of building new. The updates to the nursing home lobbies and hallways of 2011 were needed in order to keep our facility viable and encourage new residents to come live or rehab with us. Any doors, railing, furniture, lighting, ceiling tiles, etc. currently in the nursing home will be not be wasted, but instead moved and utilized throughout our facilities.

Michele Oostdyk, Director of Clinical Services stated, “As our residents’ needs change and grow more complex, we need to assure that our facilities can accommodate them in the most homelike environment. We want to also provide our staff, a well-designed, innovative and efficient workplace that allows them to continue providing exceptional care that is resident focused and meet all needs: physical, emotional and spiritual.” Staff’s insight and ideas will all be considered as the design plan is finalized. A timeline of the plan will be provided to the board by August 2013.

Pine Haven’s Director of Sales, Marketing and Resident Services stated, “Being Sheboygan County’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Award winner for Best Assisted Living and Nursing Home is an honor we hope to preserve for many years to come. This is why we will gather all necessary data so we can assure we are accountable to our treasured residents, cherished staff and Christian focus. Our mission remains. Pine Haven Christian Communities will provide the aging population we serve an environment that is a Christ-centered, safe haven offering quality, compassionate care.”

Pine Haven Christian Communities began in 1950, with the opening of Pine Haven Christian Home in Sheboygan Falls. With multiple expansions, today offers 50 beds in skilled nursing, 114 licensed rooms in the Residential Center, 22 rooms in Covenant Home assisted living for memory care, 30 apartments in Oostburg and 40 apartments at Prairie Crossing assisted living facilities. For more information about Pine Haven visit www.pinehaven.org or contact us at 920-467-2401 or email bhuenink@pinehaven.org