Bryan staff tours new Life Care facility

June 4, 2014

lc22smBryan staff members got a peek at the new Life Care Center of Rhea County Tuesday, January 29, when the monthly staff luncheon moved off campus to the soon-to-be-opened facility north of Dayton.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay, right, thanks Life Care Centers of America President Beecher Hunter for hosting the monthly staff luncheon at the company’s new Rhea County facility. Beecher Hunter, president of Life Care Centers of America, welcomed the staff and gave a brief history of the company. The 42-year-old firm began in Cleveland, Tenn., and now operates 225 centers “from Massachusetts to Hawaii,” he said.

Kate Swafford, who is the center’s executive director, said the company is planning a community open house in early March. While it has the same number of beds – 89 – as its current leased quarters in the former Rhea County Nursing Home, it will have more private rooms – 47 – and more amenities such as a library, ice cream parlor, day rooms and additional space for speech, occupational and physical therapy services.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay presented Mr. Hunter with a copy of “Inherit the Truth,” the video adaptation of the Scopes Trial play of the same name, and tickets to coming fine arts performances of the Mozart opera “Cosi fan tutte” and the spring musical “Cinderella.”

Following lunch, the Bryan staff toured the 96,000-square-foot facility.