Brittney Burns — Staff Writer

Skyland Care Center was founded in the late 1960s by an upstanding citizen named Pearl Hayes. Hayes ran the business alongside Ethel McDarris and their families until 2003. Skyland Care Center has since been taken over by a family that has worked very closely with the Hayes family to keep the original values and ideals.

Throughout the years, Skyland Care Center has never lost that family atmosphere, which has proven so successful. With the family focus in mind, Skyland Care Center broke ground on Tuesday on a new short-term rehabilitation wing.

Joining the staff, residents, and their families were various members of the community at large.  According to Mistie Cooley, Skyland’s Administrator, the addition will include 20 private rooms with en suite bathrooms, a state of the art physical therapy gym, a fully equipped occupational therapy suite, and other amenities.

The project began in March 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in January 2018. The facility’s new wing was not the only announcement made on Tuesday. The center also celebrated a new name.   What was formally known as Skyland Care Center will be known as Skyland Rehabilitation and Living Center.

The facility is a 94-bed Medicaid/Medicare certified skilled nursing facility. With the renovations, the facility will continue to have 94 beds, and will convert the main building into office space.

Skyland’s residents are both short-term and long-term and the facility works to provide a healthcare approach that fosters a thriving lifestyle for all residents, families, and members of the community by recognizing independence, individual creativity, and importance of the services provided.

The facility’s medical professionals strive to enrich the lives of those we serve by utilizing resources effectively and accomplishing objectives in a compliant and ethical environment. The home like culture leaves patients with a lasting impression.

The facility provides long-term skilled nursing care, chronic disease management, medication management, certified wound care nurse, iv therapy, etc. They provide short-term transitional rehabilitation services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. The center’s therapists specialize in short stay recovery. They have a high staff-to-patient ratio which aids in faster recovery by the prevention of other complications, and they have round-the-clock registered nurses for safety and peace of mind.