'Care Is Our Middle Name'



Payson Care Center has been in business for more than 20 years. Its motto is "Care is our middle name."

Most of the center's residents come from hospital referrals, but any individual could seek placement in the facility with a doctor's order, explained Lisa Kennedy, director of marketing for the center.


At a recent community outreach program held at Payson Care Center, Dr. Luis Coppelli discussed colon cancer and the colonoscopy procedure.

"If they do not have a primary doctor, we have a medical director, Dr. Abawi, who they may request a visit with and receive an order, that way. This applies to both in- and out-patients."

Payson Care Center is a skilled nursing facility with 163 beds.

The levels of care provided by the center include:

  • Skilled nursing care
  • Post-hospital care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Home visit by therapist
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Home skills gym
  • IV therapy
  • Suction therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • VitalStim┬« therapy
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Peripheral neuropathy therapy
  • Restorative nursing program
  • Pain management program
  • Bladder management program
  • Community re-entry program
  • Work-hardening programs
  • Dementia care
  • Bariatric services
  • "Trach" care
  • Wound management
  • Nutritional support
  • Resident and family council
  • Resident and family education
  • Respite services
  • Hospice services

The facility also has an Alzheimer's unit, in/outpatient rehabilitation unit and a therapy gym.

Amenities for residents include a beauty salon and barber shop; laundry services at no charge; a courtyard and a patio; transportation; a chapel and regular religious services; a private and fine dining rooms; family, living, day and activity rooms. The center also provides off-site activities, in-room telephone and cable television connections; volunteer programs; and community participation activities.

According to Kennedy, the things that set Payson Care Center apart are the services provided, the skilled and caring staff and the community outreach programs.

"Four words that best describe the facility are caring, compassionate, clean, skilled," Kennedy said.

"Our goal is to increase facility awareness and provide community education programs to seniors, we initiated a monthly education seminar involving our local physicians as guest speakers," Kennedy said. "During the past three to four months, we have had various topics that include: women's health; men's health; colonoscopy; skin cancer; arthritis and pain."

She said these programs have been very well-received and attended by the community. "The physician support in conducting these seminars has also been very good, as well," Kennedy added.

The facility also participated directly or indirectly in other community events, such as the Relay for Life, a school supplies drive, and the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase.

The center is hosting a blood drive in August. "In October, our goal is to provide 40 Payson women with free mammogram screenings," Kennedy said.

"Our facility has also partnered with other local businesses in getting support and in sponsoring these events. I feel that these kinds of activities and events have had a significant impact on referrals, facility awareness, and in further building a strong, positive relationship with the community at large. They will also further position our facility as the "Facility of Choice" for those needing high quality, long-term care and rehabilitation services," she said.

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