TLC opens new short-term rehab wing

-photo courtesy John Matson

-photo courtesy John Matson

TLC Nursing Center held a grand opening last week for its elegant, new, short-term rehabilitation wing, a 1,200 sq. ft. addition to the TLC facility.

Celebrating the ribbon-cutting are from right: Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris, TLC partner William Lemley, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe, TLC partner Mark Sims, TLC administrator Pam Vogt, TLC medical director Dr. John Smith, attorney and TLC partner Bradley Long, Oneonta councilman Richard Phillips, Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Barbara Andersen, and TLC pharmacy consultant Mike Walden.

Guests at the grand opening had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art addition that includes 14 private rooms with private showers and baths, all-new furnishings, flat screen TVs, and a 2,000 sq. ft. therapy gym featuring a Track Lift System with multiple stations to assist residents in re-learning to walk following a medical emergency such as a stroke.

The facility is designed to assist patients recovering from a serious health emergency requiring relatively intensive therapy for up to 20 days. Such periods of recovery are often required following strokes, heart attacks, and/or major surgery.

“You won’t find another short-term rehabilitation center with amenities like this within 50 miles,” said Vogt. “To say we’re excited about it is an understatement. Everything here is designed for healing – the quiet atmosphere, private rooms and baths, the professional therapy equipment, and so on. Our owners spared no expense, it’s the best of the best,” she said.

“But other than the amenities, it’s our employees that make it possible for TLC to give the care and love that they give to support the healing process. We’re all like family here, and we treat residents like family. It’s all to provide the best atmosphere possible for healing – an almost spa-like experience.”

-Ron Gholson