165-bed skilled nursing wing, larger dining rooms to be completed in 2014

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Sahana Srinivasan of the Valley Catholic Early Learning School gives a party favor to Maryville Nursing Home resident Connie Flabetich during a 50th anniversary celebration on Tuesday. When Helen Dishman sought out a place to spend her senior years, she passed on care facilities that didn’t have that palpable sense of camaraderie she needed.

When she visited Maryville Nursing Home and Memory Care on Southwest Farmington Road, she was drawn to the friendly atmosphere, personal attention and broad range of activities available — from singalongs and bingo games to field trips to the Oregon coast and Mount St. Helens.

“It’s always upbeat at Maryville,” the 84-year old said. “That’s why we’re here. We’re not here to die, we’re here to enjoy living.”

That’s the kind of legacy Maryville’s staff, leaders and 155 or so residents celebrated at a Tuesday afternoon ceremony to mark the center’s 50th anniversary. Maryville opened its doors in 1963, after the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries — which shares its 43-acre campus with Maryville — applied for a grant to finance the facility’s construction.

Visitors like Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle joined Maryville’s administrators, residents and staff, including leaders of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, to share stories, cake and refreshments and mark five decades of familial and faith-based caring at 14645 S.W. Farmington Road.

“The anniversary reminds us how important it is to provide care and services with a heart rather than a guidebook,” Doyle said after the ceremony. “I congratulate the sisters on having a great idea way back when, and making it happen. That’s what makes Beaverton Beaverton.”

For a celebration of the past, there was plenty to look forward to, as Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen, president of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, announced a $3.5 million expansion and remodeling project to augment Maryville’s capacity and services. The proposed Skilled Nursing Wing will add 10 beds to the current 155 with 24 hours-a-day nursing care. Six existing beds will move into the new space, said Kathleen Parry, president of Maryville TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen details plans for an expansion of the Maryville Nursing Home as the center celebrated five decades.

Maryville’s two dining rooms will be expanded, with the main dining room’s west wall being moved 12 feet west to gain 795 square feet. The south wall of the West Annex Dining Room will be moved 15 feet south, expanding the room to 613 square feet.

Groundbreaking on the project is expected to commence this fall, with completion planned for spring 2014.

“This is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary,” Parry said, just after the ceremony and announcement. “The projects will continue the original mission of the sisters to care for the elderly of the Beaverton community.”

The expansion plan is the result of a study Maryville initiated about two years ago to assess unmet care needs at the center. Maryville has offered its skilled nursing facility for nearly 10 years.

“The plan has been a dream for a few years,” Parry said. “This will allow increasing the capacity on our skilled-nursing care wing for patients needing short-stay, post-hospitalization rehab.”

The approximately $3.5 million project, one of several expansions of the center since the 1970s, is funded through a combination of fundraising campaigns and an operations fund Maryville’s board of directors has made a point of building up in recent years.

“Maryville has been very blessed that through the years we’ve been able to set aside funding through donations,” Parry said.

Gertie Webb, 83, said the anniversary celebration and expansion plans remind her what a vibrant, comprehensive environment she and her fellow residents have chosen to adopt as their own.

“The day after I came here, everybody on the staff knew my name,” she said, noting that’s a far cry from the anonymous treatment she’d received elsewhere. “As I always say, it isn’t home, but it’s the next best thing.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Children from the Valley Catholic Early Learning School wave homemade flags for Maryville Nursing Home's 50th anniversary celebration.

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