Haven Drive Campus Nursing Home Opens

As reported in the Sheboygan Press, after 65 years on our Giddings Avenue campus, Pine Haven Christian Home moved the skilled nursing facility to our new Haven Drive campus. 

The decision to build the new campus came as a result of the need to renovate Pine Haven’s existing nursing home. The new campus is designed to feel more like a neighborhood of homes. 

You can read the full story on the Sheboygan Press website or on the Milwaukee BizTimes website.

Residents Move Into New Nursing Home On Haven Drive Campus

Residents Move Into New Nursing Home On Haven Drive Campus

Pine Haven Improvements Featured In BizTimes

Milwaukee Biz Times recently highlighted the changes Pine Haven Christian Communities have made to improve the lives of their residents - by hiring new Life Enrichment Manager, Martina Wessels, and Chef, Crystal Thomas.

You can read the full article here.

Pine Haven New Hires Will Improve Dining, Overall Wellness

Pine Haven Christian Communities has recently added two new staff positions: Pine Haven Chef, Crystal Thomas, and Pine Haven Resident Wellness Manager, Martina Wessels.

“We’re always looking at ways to better serve our residents. We saw opportunities within our activities department, to increase focus on overall well-being, and in our dining service, to increase the number of options available to our residents and improve efficiency so that we could provide additional from-scratch options at every meal,” said Lori Albsmeier, Director of Human Resources at Pine Haven Christian Communities. “The talent and experience of Crystal and Martina are sure to enhance every one of our resident’s lives.”

The organization purchased and installed new, state-of-the-art technology in dietary food preparation including a “combi-oven” and a “blast chiller” over the summer. This equipment, which is new to the long term care industry, allows Pine Haven staff to provide fresher and healthier food, while increasing the variety of options. In order to make the most of the new equipment and further enhance dining service, Pine Haven hired Crystal Thomas as their new chef.

Crystal has a degree in culinary arts, baking, and pastry arts & science from Johnson and Wales University, as well as a certificate in education and supervised culinary interns. She has over 18 years experience as a chef in a variety of settings, including restaurants, resorts, and country clubs. Locally, she has worked at The Osthoff Resort, Lake Street Café, and The Gear Box. Crystal spent 10 years in the United Kingdom working at a resort with a castle and hotel, where they transitioned from traditional cooking equipment to the same food preparation method Pine Haven will now be using.

Looking to enhance the daily lives of residents, Pine Haven also hired a new Resident Wellness manager, Martina Wessels, in early September. Martina Wessels earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Since graduating, Martina worked for Alliance Rehab at a retirement community similar to Pine Haven providing fitness services to residents in independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and dementia care environments. Martina has created exercise programs, coordinated activities within a resident fitness center, planned and coordinated games and fitness activities, created displays on health topics and presented seminars on fitness and wellness topics.

Martina has already structured a new “Gym to Go” program, where she works with individual residents to assess their condition, set goals, and conduct a personalized workout routine with them on a regular basis. This is the first of the new initiatives Martina will be developing to help improve the overall wellness of all Pine Haven residents.

Residents are pleased with the changes. Compliments from residents about the food began as soon as the new equipment was being used, and continue to come in as residents enjoy the new and tasty creations. And many people have already signed up for the newly launched “Gym to Go” program.

For more information about Pine Haven visit www.pinehaven.org or call 920-467-2401.

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