Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center construction progressing well
WAUPUN — Several years of intensive planning are paying off as Agnesian HealthCare and Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center welcome a new beginning in long-term care in Waupun.
“We are so very proud to bring this new facility to the Waupun community,” said Doug Trost, vice president, Long-Term Care for SSM Health at Home. “The community has been so incredibly supportive of the Christian Home, and we are excited with the new opportunities this facility will offer to older adults and their families.”
The Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center was founded more than 70 years ago by area churches. It is now owned by SSM Health after the churches agreed to pass the facility on to new ownership in order to ensure its long-term sustainability.
Following a capital campaign and the purchase of 10 acres in December 2016, planning continued to introduce this new facility to the city of Waupun. Members of the press were given a tour Thursday afternoon, giving a preview of the nearly 105,000-square-foot complex along Highway 68. The $22.4 million project is expected to open in early 2019.
Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc. is serving as the architect for the project; with CD Smith Construction as general contractor.
“We are proud to be a part of the Waupun community, to be able to watch it grow and for it to receive a much deserved state-of-the-art facility,” said Steve Little, regional chief operating officer, SSM Health–Wisconsin, in a statement. “The collaboration between Agnesian HealthCare and the community of Waupun is one to be proud of. Through this, we have proven that together, anything is possible.”
Construction is moving along quickly, which is evident upon entering the site.
“We’ll be putting in the curbs in a couple weeks and asphalt and landscaping will follow that,” said C.D. Smith Director of Project Management Jeff Redman.
Inside the three wings work is in various stages, with framing going on in one area while drywall and electric are going on in another and finishing touches are being completed in the third. The tour began in the least completed section and ended in the most finished one.
Safety is a large priority, with fireproofing, a sprinkler system, resident monitoring systems, state-of-the-art information technology, emergency generators, emergency water and both monitored and secured entries and exits.
Other amenities include a two-story atrium lobby, WiFi, a chapel, kitchen, gift shop and bistro. Meals will be prepared for residents in an on-site kitchen.
Money is currently being raised to add stained glass windows, and more, to the chapel.
“Part of the Christian Home auxiliary’s focus is fundraising, support and activities for the chapel,” said Dan Loest, Director of Agnesian HealthCare Plant and Facility. “Some of the things we’re looking at in the chapel are a wired-in sound system for the hearing-impaired. We’ll have a large monitor for watching videos and other things. We’ll also have the opportunity to have cameras to televise services throughout the complex, so those who want to watch a service in their rooms can do that.”
“The community is making this possible,” said Nursing Home Executive Director Barb Wirkus. “The people that represent the various churches are very passionate about providing this to the Christian Home residents and are continuing to be a strong presence here.”
“Agnesian HealthCare is eager to continue the involvement of the 16 churches,” said Loest.
Contractors are eager to complete construction by Christmas, with technology systems in place by Jan. 1. Staff training will follow, with residents to move in shortly thereafter.
To see an aerial view of the new Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center and to get additional information, visit agnesian.com/christianhome. To make a donation visit agnesian.com/giving.