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Alma rehab celebrates expansion completion

<p>Those attending the dedication were joined by the staff and residents.</p>

Those attending the dedication were joined by the staff and residents.

<p><strong></strong>Tiaia Cunningham fills a plate of barbecue and sides for the dinner following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.</p>

Tiaia Cunningham fills a plate of barbecue and sides for the dinner following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

<p><strong></strong>Adams Baskins, director of rehabilitation, gives a guided tour to Kay and Dick George of Durant, Okla., the parents of Debbie Fort, the Alma Rehab administrator.</p>

Adams Baskins, director of rehabilitation, gives a guided tour to Kay and Dick George of Durant, Okla., the parents of Debbie Fort, the Alma Rehab administrator.

<p><strong></strong>photos by KENNETH FRY</p><p>Preparing to cut the ribbon are (from left) Kristina Kilgore, Debbie Fort, Allen Kilgore and Mary Lou Kilgore.</p>

photos by KENNETH FRY

Preparing to cut the ribbon are (from left) Kristina Kilgore, Debbie Fort, Allen Kilgore and Mary Lou Kilgore.

<p style="text-align: left;">Don Hicks takes another rack of ribs from the grill.</p>

Don Hicks takes another rack of ribs from the grill.

<p><strong></strong>Lisa Marie Norris, director of the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce, ties the ribbon in preparation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.</p>

Lisa Marie Norris, director of the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce, ties the ribbon in preparation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Alma Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center celebrated the completion of a three-phase expansion with an open house and barbecue cookout Tuesday.

Guests toured the newly remodeled and expanded facility, met staff and were treated to barbecued chicken and ribs and the fixings.

Groundbreaking was in June 2013, and included in the expansion is the addition of a rehabilitation gym and an entire wing dedicated to short-term rehabilitation patients.

Phase one of the expansion was a wing for private short-term patient rooms with personal bathrooms included. A new gymnasium for rehabilitation was part of the second phase, along with offices and a private dining area for the short-term patients. The final phase was the inclusion of more outside parking.

A total of 10,800 square feet was added to the existing building, which itself was remodeled and 10 licensed beds added.

Debbie Fort, administrator for Alma Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, said Cornerstone Healthcare, Alma Healthcare’s parent company, opted for the expansion based on need.

Assisting Fort in cutting a ceremonial ribbon furnished by the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce were Alma Rehab owner Allen Kilgore, his wife Mary Lou and daughter Kristina.

Physical, occupational, and speech therapies will be part of services offered in the new addition. Therapy will be offered not only to long-term and short-term patients, but on an outpatient basis as well, Fort said.

Outpatient services will be offered during daytime hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though they may be extended if necessary to meet demand, Fort said. An outside entrance will offer direct access to the gym, she said.

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