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$11.7M Renovations For Mercer County Nursing Home And Hospital

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Genesis Health System is bringing millions of dollars in renovations and better technology to the hospital and nursing home in Mercer County. The group has been running both facilities since 2009. They bought the nursing home for $2.25 million dollars in 2011, and Friday finalized the sale, announcing $11.7 million in renovations to the old buildings. 

The takeover will change nearly everything from the names of the buildings to the buildings themselves. The hospital will now be known as the 'Genesis Medical Center Aledo,' and the nursing home will be 'Genesis Senior Living Aledo.' 

Major renovations will be in all these areas: a bigger emergency department, operating rooms, nursing areas, lab, radiology and physical therapy departments.  

They'll also be putting in new technology and updating the nursing home to give better care to the residents living there. 

Administrators say better lighting, resident rooms and an updated look are on the way.

"We'll get rid of some of the flowered wall paper and put in new floors that are easier to keep clean for staff," Genesis Senior Living Aledo Administrator Myron Higgins says.  

It's not just the nursing home getting an upgrade, but the hospital too, including more space for departments and better technology, bringing 35 year old facilities into the 21st century.  

"Our ER exam rooms are so undersized right now, it's 35 year old building so very small exam rooms," Genesis Medical Center Administrator Ted Rogalski say, "Now we're going to be able to expand those rooms, give them more size, more room to move around and treat patients."

Plus, both the nursing home and the hospital get an electronic record keeping system.

"The technology will reduce the amount of paperwork we have to do and free up the time we can spend with those residents," Higgins says. 

All to give patients and residents better care. 

"It's a nursing home, but it really isn't," Jim Vance, whose mother is in the home, "It's a home for these folks and you need it to look like a home and it needs to be fixed up nice." 

"We want to provide the best type of service we can for our residents because we owe it to them and they're somebody's parents and grandparents and we just want to provide the best we can," Higgins adds. 

The hospital is looking at bids for the project, they hope to pick one in a month. After that, construction is slated to start in April and last 18 months. 

It will be done in phases so the hospital and nursing home can keep operating.