Change Of Name, Philosophy Mark 2004 For Nursing Home

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Rim Country Health and Retirement Community may be the newest name in the area's health care industry, but that doesn't mean it is the proverbial "new kid on the block."

Rim Country Health and Retirement Community is the new name for Manzanita Manor, which began operating in the late 1980s.

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With a new name, Rim Country Health and Retirement Community provides the highest quality care with skilled nursing, long-term care, post-surgical care, respite care, physical therapy and much more.

Owned by Payson Premier Health since 1988, the name officially changed Jan. 1, 2005. However, the process of change started last year.

"We changed the name because we wanted to take a fresh approach," said Harvey Pelovsky, executive director.

"Over the years, the owners have had different companies operate it," he said. "They have decided to run the facility for the first time.

"We want to be a resource for the community."

Pelovsky said in many rural communities like Payson, health care resources are limited, so his company will be partnering with Payson Regional Medical Center to serve patients in the area.

"We are also revitalizing our apartments for low-income seniors," he said. "There are a lot of low-income seniors in need."

Rim Country Health has 40 units -- studio and one-bedroom apartments -- and rent includes utilities and cable service.

The rental units also will have a variety of community-based services available for residents, including meals, housekeeping and nurse monitors.

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Increasing options for area seniors, Rim Country Health also has revitalized its apartments. "There are a lot of low-income seniors in need," said Pia Wyer, RCHRC's director of marketing.

"The goal is to provide these seniors with their independence for longer," he said.

The apartments and the available services will set Rim Country Health apart from other facilities in the area, Pelovsky said. The assisted living, long-term care and rehabilitation services will be provided in the main building.

The facility offers a multitude of services including skilled nursing; long-term care; post-surgical recovery; respite care; supportive care; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and soon, behavioral health.

The addition of a behavioral health unit is expected to open in April, Pelovsky said, once the building modifications are complete.

"There is a real dearth of that service here," he said. The service provides a safe, secure environment, plus specially trained staff, for those persons who cannot function in normal settings.

There are currently 65 employees at the facility and Pelovsky said there is space for more residents.

There also is meeting space available for area clubs and organizations, he said.

"We at RCHRC value and believe in our residents, staff, and the community we serve," said Pia Wyer, director of marketing. "Our core values are honesty, integrity and compassion. We strive to foster an environment where each individual may grow in fullness and security while achieving their highest potential."

Wyer said many changes are planned for 2005, including efforts to continue to upgrade the quality of all departments in order to expand service to the residents and meet the developing needs of the community.

Rim Country Health and Retirement Community is located at 807 W. Longhorn Road in Payson.

For more information about the facility, call (928) 474-1120. To find out about renting its meeting space, speak with Wyer.

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