Despite the dreary drizzle of May 1, the community gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony in the brand-new assisted living (AL) wing at the Simpson Memorial Home.
Around 70 community members gathered inside the new living room of the wing to watch Simpson Chairman of the Board Derwood Keith cut the symbolic ribbon.
He was joined by several other members of the Simpson Home Board of Directors, and took a minute to address the audience afterward.
"The Simpson Corporation is keeping ahead of the people moving into this town," said Keith. "The board has sat down for many months going over this project."
The board approved adding more apartments to the AL section in 2012. It needed more room so it wouldn't have to turn anyone away.
Construction was completed near the end of last year; however, the faculty decided to hold a grand opening in spring for better weather.
After the ceremony the community took advantage of the open house to peruse through several of the rooms at the complex. Crackers, fruit, vegetables and meat were available to guests, along with several cakes.
The wing provides nine new apartments for a total of 18 rooms at the AL center. Specifically, it adds one two-bedroom unit, eight one-bedroom units, a laundry room, spa and living room.
Along with the new wing, improvements were made to the dining room in the older wing, which also boasts a laundry facility and a nursing office.
Both wings are connected together by a long hallway on the west side of the center. They lead into the Simpson Memorial home and the rest of the complex.
With a final cost of around $1,500,000, around $300,000 came from individual trusts, donations and memorials.
"This is just such a wonderful addition," said Administrator Shelley Wicks, "This not only doubled our capacity, but added to our continuum of care."
With the two wings, the West Liberty AL residences will be complete, but with 10 acres of empty land to the east of the complex there's always room for expansion in other areas of the home for the future.
Wicks stated that another duplex of town houses in that area may be the next construction project as the Simpson Home.
Shive-Hattery was hired to design the additional wing, while Merit Construction of Cedar Rapids was the general contractor.
Simpson Memorial Home, Inc., provides long-term care in both West Liberty with it's AL center, Heath Manor and Simpson Memorial Home. It also has the Leland R. Smith Assisted Living Residences in Durant.
While all the apartments have been taken in the AL center, one can get on the waiting list by calling the Simpson Home.
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