Improvements On-Going At Rim Country Health

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Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has enjoyed a year of positive growth.

The facility offers a full range of services including skilled nursing, behavioral management, Medicare-certified rehabilitation, respite care, independent living apartments and community meeting rooms.

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Rim Country Health & Retirement Community can provide Medicare-certified rehabilitation in its gym, just one of the many services available at the facility.

"This past year, many changes have been implemented, the most noteworthy of which is a complete revision and restructuring of the nursing department, development of a behavioral management wing, staff training and development, and building improvements," said Harvey Pelovsky, director of the Rim Country Health facility.

2005 was the first full year of owner-operated management led by Pelovsky. He was chosen by the facility's investors to revive and redirect Rim Country Health's skills and services.

Ellen Aldrich, director of nursing, and Roberta Bayles, assistant director of nursing, are the most recent additions to the management staff.

"Ellen and Roberta have many years professional experience in nursing, management, long-term care, program development, staff training and support," said Pia Wyer, director of marketing. "Their skills and personalities complement one another perfectly."

The new wound-care program combines the expertise and healing techniques of the nursing and rehabilitation departments and extends the facility's capability to accept referral requiring a higher level of care.

An in-house rehabilitation department, offering physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy was developed in 2005. "Professional and experienced therapists ... ensure that each rehabilitation resident is returned to the highest possible level of function and independence," said Wyer.

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Recent additions to the staff at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community are Roberta Bayles, assistant director of nursing, and Ellen Aldrich, director of nursing.

Rim Country Health's 8-acre campus also includes independent living facilities.

Two spacious meeting rooms continue to be made available to the public and local groups.

With organizations feeling free to use these rooms for meetings, Pelovsky said he feels like RCHRC has a good back-and-forth integration with the community.

"We would especially like to thank all of our local physicians, particularly Dr. Mark Ivey, Jr., Medical Director, and Dr. Michael Lowe, for their excellent care of, and commitment to, our residents," said Wyer. "We also thank Payson Regional Medical Center for the vital role they play in our ongoing care of Payson residents."

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community can be reached at (928) 474-1120.

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