What’s new at the venerable Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, which traces its roots in the Lowcountry back to 1850?
Quite a lot, as it turns out, has changed at the James Island campus with the July opening of the Gadsden Glen Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
Construction has been completed on the 150,000-square-foot comprehensive health care facility, which for the first time will welcome short-term patients as well as long-term residents.
According to Kimberly Borts, Bishop Gadsden’s director of charitable giving and communications, the handsomely landscaped building with its public areas and hallways enhanced with more than 700 pieces of art commissioned or selected for the health care facility “expands our ability to care for the greater Charleston community.”
But it’s within the walls of the Gadsden Glen Center that the care and the caregiving can be found.
Central to the Center’s mission is the Arcadia Community, with its 32 memory care residences organized into two groups of 16 suites. Each residential room encompasses both a living area, a sleeping area and a bathroom with a zero entry/wheelchair compatible shower.
Guided by Bishop Gadsden’s incircle philosophy, a holistic approach of individualized care is provided in all areas of the patients’ well-being: physical, spiritual, social and emotional.
“We believe,” Borts said, “that at whatever stage they might be in their lives, our residents should have as normal a life as they can. And nobody wants to welcome visitors to sit around where they sleep!”
In the memory care unit, all treatment is holistic and targeted to the specific individual. In addition to receiving their clinical therapies, long-term residents can also enjoy the excellent culinary offerings Bishop Gadsden is recognized for.
On the second floor of the Center is the Christie Family Rehabilitation Center. Designed for patients rather than residents, this grouping also is divided into two 16-room communities. These rooms are designed more like hotels than hospitals, with amenities such as a small refrigerator, built-in bookcases and a couch that converts into a single bed for spousal sleepover and includes a popup table for meals.
Specialties in the Christie Center include neurology, Parkinson’s care, orthopedics, myofascial (speech) therapy and occupational therapy. The latter is enhanced with an ADL (activities of daily living) suite.
The Christie Center also features a gymnasium with equipment including stationary bicycles, stair-training apparatus and state-of-the-art Right Track technology to gauge each individual’s progress.
The Center also offers a clinic in association with Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
Elsewhere in the new building are the ecumenical Edwards Chapel, the vaulted Halkyard Atrium and the popular Wallace Spa. Patients and visitors alike can enjoy a Starbucks coffee, soft drinks and light snack in the Spahly Bistro and Boutique, where cards, gifts and flowers are available. And, for larger group activities, there is the Fei Family Gathering Room.
Residents, patients and visitors can all enjoy the vistas from the spacious screened porches on the Center’s second floor. The new facility is surrounded by beautiful courtyards – one of which includes a putting green – and the Blackmer Foundation’s “Polly’s Courtyard,” named for a beloved resident.
The beauty, clinical expertise and family-friendly feel of the all-new Gadsden Glen Center for Health and Rehabilitation are more than a little overwhelming.
As Borts expressed, “You really have to see it to believe it!”
For more information on the Gadsden Glen Center for Health and Rehab and the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, call Vice President of Marketing Laura Wilson at 843-406-2525 or visit bishopgadsden.org.
By Bill Farley