Polaris Semi Private Room

Polaris holds open house for Phase II

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Polaris Semi Private Room

Semi Private room at the new Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

Milford Wellness Village celebrated another milestone on Tuesday, September 28 when Polaris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, the long-term healthcare facility operated by Nationwide Health Systems, held an open house for the completion of Phase II of their facility. This adds an additional 60 beds to the 26 already available at Polaris.

“We opened Phase I right before the pandemic,” Josh Gross, Director of Admissions and Marketing, said. “We are in the process of adding additional services, including a vent unit which we hope to have open in January. We are also looking for input into needs for another section of the building. We have the opportunity to add other specialty care units depending on the needs of the community. This could be related to long-term cardiac care, a locked unit for dementia patients or other specialties that could lead to a long-term care need. We have eight beds available in this small unit, so we are open to suggestions.”

Polaris Private Room

Private room in the new Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

The new facility looks nothing like the former Milford Memorial Hospital. The stark tile floors and walls have been replaced with softer carpeting and wallpaper in vibrant colors. The rooms have wood-look furnishings with a softer décor than normally found in long-term care facilities. Artwork on the walls are provided by local artists and all are available for purchase.

“We offer both semi-private and private rooms,” Gross said. “Each room has its own bathroom. There is also a small dining area that is centrally located for patients and their families to enjoy. We offer PT/OT, speech therapies, 24-hour nursing care, physicians on staff and much more to meet the needs of the population. We also have dialysis patients that we transfer out for treatment.”

Nationwide Healthcare Services purchased the former Milford Memorial Hospital property in 2019. Since that purchase, the company has created a wellness village, renting space in the building to several health-related businesses, including Aquacare Physical Therapy, the Lab at Seascape, LaRed and more.

Polaris Unit Dining Area

Dining area for patients and families on one of the Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center units

“We are very excited about the opening of Phase II,” Terry Hollinger, BSN, MBA, NHA, Administrator of the facility, said. “This is going to be a great benefit to the Milford area. We hope to have the second phase fully open within three weeks. We had hoped it would be this week, but like everyone else who is not getting things delivered, some of our key items have also been delayed. Our café is open to the public and there is also public bus service to the Milford Wellness Village, making it easy for people to get here.”

Over time, Nationwide hopes to expand health services at the Wellness Village to include doctor’s offices, testing and treatment facilities. The goal since the purchase of the building was to create a “one-stop” location for healthcare needs that would serve the Milford area.

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