New health, rehab center opening in Tramway area

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

The newest health and rehab center in Sanford is going to offer cutting-edge equipment and services that few other facilities in the state can match.

That was the message put forth by top officials from Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services on Tuesday, when the company held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location, at 3100 Tramway Road, which about 100 people attended.

"This building was built with a lot of extra features that you don't find in a regular nursing facility," Liberty Healthcare Owner Ronnie McNeill told the audience Tuesday afternoon.

Charlie Parks, chairman of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, commented on the large crowd and the sprawling building they were all about to tour.

"We've got a lot of senior citizens in Lee County who could utilize a facility like this, and we haven't had a new one in a while," he said.

The 52,000-sq.-ft. facility will replace the company's Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Westover Drive. Current residents of that building will be moved Friday, and the new Tramway location — which is located near the intersection with U.S. 1 — will open up to new clients on Monday. From there on out, the 83-bed building, with its on-site barber, spa, coffee bar and transportation service, will be accepting new clients 24 hours a day, every day.

"We all have family who are going to be in extended living facilities, and it is so nice to know we have people who will care for them," Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive said.

One of the biggest perks company leaders touted was the 4,000-sq.-ft. gym on premises, which they said contains specialty rehabilitation and physical therapy equipment that only a handful of other facilities in the state have.

"Our focus really is on short-term rehab," Liberty Healthcare President Jeff Wilson said. "... We've got some impressive equipment."

All told, Westfield will offer short- and long-term care, out-patient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, skilled nursing, hospice and respite services. Patients can choose a private or semi-private room; all rooms have private bathrooms, free internet access and room service meal options. The short-term rooms and hallway will also have phone service, refrigerators, cafe dining, a private dining area and outdoor gathering areas.

"We're really excited to be here in Lee County," Site Administrator Linda Andrews said. "... We've paid attention to a lot of details."

More information can be found at www.libertyhealthcareandrehab.com, or by calling (919) 499-2206.