Alice Center opening set for Saturday

The courtyard at the Alice Center, the new nursing home and assisted-living facility in Malone. Tours will be offered on Saturday.

MALONE — Alice Hyde Medical Center and Franklin County will unveil their collaborative nursing-home site, the Alice Center, on Saturday and host public tours.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the front entrance at the 45 Sixth St. facility, visitors will be shown the residential rooms, rehabilitation unit and assisted-living center that are housed together there.

The Alice Center features 135 skilled-nursing beds and 30 assisted-living suites for those who need some medical supervision but not round-the-clock staff care.

Alice Hyde built the $35 million site, and the county will pay $1 million a year for the next 10 years as its contribution toward the shared facility.

MOVING PEOPLE

The 75 nursing-home residents from the hospital’s campus on Park Street begin moving in on April 15, which should take about two days, said Megan Avery, communications coordinator at Alice Hyde.

She said 30 people are expected to be moved the first day and the final 45 on the second.

Then the 50 residents of the Franklin County Nursing Home on Finney Boulevard will transition to the new site.

But they will come over a few at a time because they are new patients to Alice Hyde and must go through the entire patient-intake protocol, Avery said.

“We hope to do five to seven people a day, but we should be finished by the end of April,” she said.

NEW FRIENDS

She said residents’ belongings are being packed up by staff and family members in preparation for the move. The hospital’s maintenance staff will bring the boxes over to the new rooms the night before the person is to arrive.

The residents will be co-mingled, Avery said, so there is no segregation of Alice Hyde people in one area and county-facility people in another, “that way, everybody makes new friends, and it will bring everyone together.”

ASSISTED LIVING

Applications are now being accepted for the 35 assisted-living spaces, which will be filled once residents from each existing nursing home have been placed and are settled.

The skilled-nursing side has three floors of rooms, and the assisted-living portion has two.

All are connected by hallways dotted with special service rooms, such as a beauty salon, dental center, spa, activity rooms and office space.

Laundry service and housekeeping are available for assisted-living clients.

CENTER COURTYARD

A courtyard is positioned in the center of the complex to be enjoyed by all residents.

“This area feels like a back yard,” Avery said. “The old nursing home at the hospital had a gazebo and patio area but not a great yard area.

“This was something people said they really missed, a yard area,” she said.

Low planters will be created to allow residents who may be wheelchair bound to safely tend and harvest the flowers and vegetables they grow.

TWO-YEAR PROJECT

Avery said Saturday’s ceremony will feature remarks from Alice Hyde President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas DiVello, County Legislature Chairman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru).

The project was started in July 2013 and built by PC Construction of South Burlington from the designs of RLPS Architects of Lancaster, Pa.


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Denise A. Raymo has been a newspaper reporter for more than 25 years, the past 14 in the Malone bureau of the Press-Republican. Her reporting has been been recognized by both Associated Press and New York Publishers Association throughout her career.

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