Thanks to funding from Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts General Hospital, Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be getting $3 million for exterior building renovations.
“We’re very excited,” Windemere administrator Ken Chisholm said Thursday. “We have a lot of needs on the outside of Windemere.”
Through a $2 million grant from Massachusetts General Hospital and a $1 million grant from Partners, the facility’s exterior will see a complete overhaul: all windows, siding, outside doors and decking will be replaced, Mr. Chisholm said. Windemere is affiliated with Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, which is part of Partners HealthCare and an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s a major project, Mr. Chisholm said. The nursing home facility, which is on the hospital campus, was built in 1994. “It really hasn’t weathered well,” Mr. Chisholm said, and 19 years later, it is in need of repair. “Some of it had to do with materials utilized back then in 1994,” he said.
Mr. Chisholm said the organization went to the state three or four years ago to ask for a determination of need to allow them to potentially get reimbursement for the project. But he noted that the organization would have had to come up with $3 million for the work. But then the other organizations came through with the funding.
The renovations will start in April, Mr. Chisholm said, and the project will likely take nine months.
Windemere, a 74-bed facility, has 71 residents, Mr. Chisholm said, noting that the Alzheimer’s Unit and Wildflower Court, an independent living wing, are both full.
The facility has about 90 employees and 88 volunteers, he said, and is fueled by community support: a recent $54,000 donation financed a new van, an inter-generational program with the Chilmark school allows students to “adopt a resident,” and the recreational program is “probably the best of any nursing home,” he said.
“We’re very fortunate that we’ve had a lot of support in the community as well as outside support,” he said.
Interior renovations were recently completed as well, including new carpet and renovations of the showers and recreation space. Most of the furniture was also replaced, Mr. Chisholm said. The $500,000 project, which included new boilers and air conditioning, was partly financed by grants.
The outside repairs will be the last step, he said, and “will bring us up to our sister organization, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. We will be looking good.”
“We’re going to be in very good shape, top to bottom, inside and out,” he said. And he noted that with the efforts to renovate the outside, “the staff do a remarkable job of taking care of residents on the inside.”