Menno Haven cuts ribbon for rehab center

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Menno Haven held a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new rehabilitation center in Chambersburg, Pa. More than 200 community members attended.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Menno Haven recently announced the near completion of the new Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center at 2055 Scotland Ave. in Chambersburg.

A public ribbon cutting took place Dec. 16 with an open house and tours. More than 200 community members attended.

Construction of the approximately $21 million project began in September 2017.

“I am excited that the building will be completed on time and on budget,” Menno Haven CEO Hugh Davis said in a news release.

The public ceremony featured opening remarks by Davis and guest speakers. It also served as the launch of a capital campaign.

The ribbon was symbolically cut by founding board members Charlie Diller and Charles Hunsecker.

Menno Haven expected to begin operating the building with patients in January after final regulatory inspections.

Davis described the rehabilitation center as “unlike any in the region.”

“This building will allow us to better serve individuals who need short-term care. Whether that be someone recovering from a surgery, an illness or an accident, they will recover here and then return home,” he said.

Deanna Beins has been named the administrator of the new center.

“Our team is really eager to start serving guests in this wonderful building,” Beins said in the release. “We put a lot of thought into the design to provide the best recovery environment possible.”

Some details:

• The center has 44 private rooms that Menno Haven calls “suites,” each with a private bathroom.

• The state-of-the-art therapy gym has the newest technology to aid in recovery. The gym overlooks a courtyard that serves as an outdoor gathering space and an extension of the therapy gym. Walking paths of varying materials, textures and inclines provide guests with passive therapy opportunities.

• The building includes amenities such as a salon and spa and café.

• There will be an on-site Summit Health Clinic that serves Menno Haven residents and the public.

• The building will employ about 80 team members.

The building is built to WELL Building standards, a standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.

“From the moment you enter the front door, you will see this place is different. WELL design incorporates research-based elements intended to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual health of guests,” Davis said.

A few examples of elements included in the building to achieve this standard are UV lamps in the HVAC cooling coils to ensure the best air quality, whole-building water filters, abundant natural light and a light system designed to match circadian rhythms.

“To our knowledge, this is one of the first senior-living projects built to WELL standards in the nation,” Davis said.

The Rehabilitation Center is part of Menno Haven’s five-year strategic plan known as Project GENESIS, which will include replacing the original 1964 nursing home, a resident life center, memory care houses, and new independent-living cottages.