A Future Bright with Promise
Construction in process:
Here is a picture from today – Wednesday, September 20th of our construction project. Isn’t it amazing how much progress has been made?
On July 11, 2016, with close to 100 guests, we held a Celebration of Service and Groundbreaking Ceremony … more information
This is a pivotal time for Misericordia. Thanks to the wonderful support of community members, friends and benefactors, Misericordia will be able to enhance its physical space, improve security and create an environment that allows our residents to feel more at home in our building. We have raised over 1.3M of a 2M campaign. As we enter the final, public phase of our campaign, we anticipate support from our local community and those closely tied to Misericordia and the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.
Construction of the 7-million-dollar project is scheduled to begin the first of August with completion in early 2018.
Misericordia’s current facility was built in 1965 to address the growing community need for skilled nursing care. Much has changed in the nursing industry since our facility first opened 51 years ago: residents are living longer, have more advanced conditions and prefer a home-like atmosphere instead of a traditional nursing facility environment.
To continue providing the best possible care to our residents, we want to modernize Misericordia’s facilities and adapt newer methods of care. We are engaged in an endeavor called The Campaign for Misericordia, which is a comprehensive project to improve our facilities through renovations and new construction with the goal of improving the quality of life for all our residents.
Home Sweet Home
Our planned renovations and new construction will transform Misericordia to resemble a home-like environment, rather than the current more institutional-like setting. Hallways and resident rooms will receive new wall finishes, flooring, furniture and lighting to modernize our facility’s aesthetics. We have long been known for our high quality care; now is the time to create a more aesthetically-pleasing environment for our residents.
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
In addition to renovations, we plan to implement a “resident neighborhood” approach to care, which will involve compartmentalizing our facility into two separate neighborhoods, each with its own living rooms, dining areas, dedicated staff and nursing station. The resident neighborhood model focuses on higher quality of life through an environment that encourages building community and companionship. Developing two resident neighborhoods will enhance the home-like atmosphere at Misericordia by creating smaller settings within the facility that will enhance personal attention and allow greater autonomy for residents. Nursing centers that adopt the resident neighborhood approach often achieve higher resident and family satisfaction, higher staff satisfaction and retention and better quality of care outcomes.
Active & Engaged
At Misericordia, we focus on keeping residents active and engaged. To this end, we plan to construct a new dedicated activities room to keep our residents physically and mentally engaged. The new construction will replace our multi-purpose room, which is currently used as an activities room, dining room and visitor meeting area. The multiple uses for the current room diminish the time available for resident activities.
Expanded Therapy Room
We will also expand our rehabilitation room, allowing us to continue our commitment to providing critical therapy services that enable residents to maintain their independence as much as possible through physical, occupational and speech therapy.
We Love Our Guests
Resident engagement with their family and loved ones is important for their overall health and well-being. At Misericordia, visitors are encouraged to meet with residents, and there are no time frames that limit when residents may receive visitors. However, we currently have only one designated visiting area. Our plans provide for additional living rooms ideal for resident visits.
Leading-Edge Resident Security
Our capital improvement project provides Misericordia the opportunity to upgrade resident security. Our resident nurse call system and resident wandering system will be modernized to allow residents to readily call for assistance, while preventing residents with dementia from mistakenly wandering out of the building. We will install additional closed circuit cameras and improve our security system.
All renovations are geared toward facilitating change in our care methods. Our technological and physical plant enhancements enable residents to be empowered to make more independent choices throughout their day which validates our mission.
In 2014, Misericordia completed renovation of Mercy Residence, the convent of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy located on the second floor. This project was partially funded by the National Religious Retirement Office. Renovations of the convent mirror many of the planned changes to Misericordia’s nursing unit and provided our leadership team experience working on capital projects.
Summary of Project Elements
- Create two “resident neighborhoods”
- Build a dedicated resident activities room
- Enlarge the rehabilitation area
- Remodel resident rooms
- Modernize bathing areas
- Create additional visiting areas
- Improve access to the central courtyard
- Install additional closed circuit cameras
- Enhance the nursing call system, resident wandering and security systems
Gifts can be mailed to 998 S. Russell Street, York, PA 17402 with the designation – Capital Campaign or be given online.
With continued support and lots of prayers we will meet our campaign goals.