BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- A Bridgewater retirement home has invested millions of dollars into a new nursing facility.
Members of the original board and staff of The Bridgewater Home from over 50 years ago reunited today for the commemorative groundbreaking.
The retirement community celebrated a new nursing facility on the very anniversary of the first kickoff meeting to build the original nursing home.
President Rodney Alderfer said this is a big building project costing $18 million to make the 90,000 square foot building.
50,000 square feet will be renovations and 40,000 will be new construction.
"We've raised about $3.6 million out of our $4 million goal for our capital campaign so that's going very well and we hope to be closing that out soon. For our residents, it won't have very much impact at all, our fee structure is pretty much going to stay the same as it is because of the help that we are getting from the larger community," said President Alderfer.
Alderfer said area businesses, residents, residents families and some of the original founders have helped raise money so far.
On August 27th, 1961 the very first kickoff event for the home happened.
Today, hundreds came out to celebrate as President Alderfer said the multi-million dollar renovation and addition to Huffman Health Center will provide care in a new and innovative way.
Alderfer said this building is not going to create more jobs, just a new way of doing those jobs.
"We're going to have roughly the same number of employees but they're going to be doing their jobs in a different way that we think will enhance the lives of our residents," said Alderfer
He said instead of one big nursing home, it will split it into six different homes.
He hopes this will give folks a more personal home atmosphere.
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