Tower family donation helps remodel the Rehab and Nursing Center

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:36 am on Friday, November 25, 2011

George Williams and Betty Krzywda spend time in the newly remodeled day room working on puzzles Wednesday afternoon. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

GREENVILLE – Love, dedication and care is what went into the remodeling of the Spectrum Health United Hospital Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, formerly named the Long Term Care Unit.
Through a generous donation to the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation by the late Ray and Mary Tower, Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was able to remodel the center from top to bottom.
Shirley Hayes, executive director for the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, said it was up to Ray and Mary Tower’s children to decide what the donation should go towards.
Maria Tower, Ray and Mary’s daughter, said the children wanted to donate the money to the center because of the times they spent there with their grandmother.
The children wanted to make sure there was a place for the patients to feel comfortable and warm, Tower said.
“These are folks who made the community what it is,” she said. “We wanted to honor them to show how much we value them.”
Hayes said Tower has been working very closely with the project, picking out decorative items, wallpaper, flooring and much more.
“She is very dedicated to the project,” Hayes said. “(Ray and Mary Tower) would be proud of the passion used to honor them.”
Hayes said many changes have been made to the center during the project.
The family room includes a flat-screen television, game table, a sofa and more. This was designed for families to spend quality time with a patient in a peaceful, private setting.
The dining room has an elegant touch to it with new floors, wallpaper and seating.
“I am most excited about the kitchen,” Tower said.
The small home-feel kitchen is for the patients to check out at their convenience. Tower said they will be able to cook dinners, bake cookies and much more.
“It’s very modern, comfortable and warm,” Tower said.
A new day room is available for patients to use as a quiet place to get away. It includes a small library, computer and a place to work on puzzles.
The center’s beauty shop also received an upgrade to bring the area to a modern state. Hayes said the beauty shop was designed to feel like a spa for the patients to relax.
The lobby and nurses station have been remodeled to make the patients feel more comfortable, as well.
The late Blanche Ash also donated artwork to the project. Some of her artwork will be placed around the center for all to enjoy, Hayes said.
“(The Tower family) doesn’t have anyone in the center,” Hayes said. “But they wanted others and their family to feel comfortable, safe and happy.”
During the Tree of Lights Celebration on Dec. 4, the community is invited to an open house for the new United Hospital Rehabilitation and Nursing Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hayes said gift shop volunteers donated proceeds from the past two years to the projects as well and will assist the Tower family in the open house. Snacks and beverages will be included.

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