by Muriel Simonson

A year ago on June 9, 2016 the Care Center (formerly Nursing Home) at the Cook Hospital held a ground breaking open house.  On October 12, 2017, there was an opportunity to visit and “explore” the completed first phase of this multi-million dollar expansion. The new addition is 17,000 square feet, contains two separate, but connected wings which contain spacious dining areas and a kitchen area in each wing where families of the residents will be able to bring in food,  prepare meals  and enjoy family time together.
Current residents of the Care Center were able to explore the rooms they will be  moving into soon, staff members assisted several as well as being guides to the various areas. The spacious rooms are all private, which means the residents will no longer share rooms and bathrooms.  Each room is equipped with a tv, a large closet, a bed, comfortable chairs (including one that can be made into a single cot bed), as well as a ceiling lift from the room into the bathroom, including the shower.
Family members, former employees and a large number of interested people from the area explored this lovely addition to our Hospital Care Center. 
Phase two will begin soon, which will include the Adult Day Center and Beauty Shop brought up from the basement and a number of other needed rooms and areas.  It will be exciting to see the completion of this lovely facility. 


Care Center Entrance



Employees, former employees, residents and many interested people from the area checking things out.


Resident Harry Holter with his sister & brother-in-law, Nancy & Jim Rinne


Long time Cook main stays, John & Verdella Musech visited, too.


Betty & Beryl with the lovely pillow cases on display.


Information on the community pillow case project.


Harry Enzmann, 103 year old resident, was joined by his son & daugter-in-law, Mike & Lorene.  They were checking the room he will be moving into soon.


Doctors eat cookies too!  Dr Vidor.


Gary Albertson from the Cook News Herald was taking photos for the next week's paper, seen here with the current Hospital Administrator, Teresa  Debevec.