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The addition at the Franciscan Care Center in Sylvania Township is to open in a week, and includes a rehabilitation and therapy area.

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A $6.5 million expansion of the Franciscan Care Center in Sylvania Township is complete and expected to open next week.

The expansion for the facility on Holland-Sylvania Road, north of Sylvania Avenue, houses a rehabilitation and therapy center. The center is open to anyone.

PHOTO GALLERY: Addition to the Franciscan Care Center.

Bishop Leonard Blair of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo last week visited the new 25,000-square foot facility, blessing it.

Jill Schlievert, administrator of the Franciscan Care Center, a residential facility with 99 bedrooms that provides elderly care, said the rehabilitation center is expected to open in a week. The construction, begun more than a year ago, is complete. With the addition, the care center has 68,000 square feet.

Sister Jordan Schaefer, director of mission integration for the center, said the new area is a sacred spot for  those who are healing can recover and reflect on the meaning of loss, which essentially brings them closer to God.

Although the care center is a division of Sylvania Franciscan Health, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, it is open to all, and patients seeking care need not be Catholic, said Jill Schlievert, administrator at the center.

“It is a stepping stone from hospital to home,” Ms. Schlievert said.

The aim is to have patients, recovering from knee or hip surgery to heal so that they can easily perform day-to-day tasks at home, she said. With an in-house therapy gym and mock kitchens and bathrooms, skilled nurses and medical professionals teach patients and practice everyday activities to assistant in a smooth transition at home, she said. Outpatient services are also provided and include evaluating a home before for easy living once the person is released from care, she added.

There are 25 bedroom suites earmarked for patients receiving rehabilitation and therapy care. Several adjoining great-rooms make up the rehabilitation area, and include a dining room with a brick fireplace in the center, a sitting room where family and friends can visit, a courtyard dotted with flowers, and a chapel modeled after the Porziuncola located within the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, just outside of Assisi, Italy. The common areas have vaulted ceilings, flat screen TVs, sunroofs, and large windows to let in the natural light.

Included with patient care are three meals a day, prepared by an on-site chef.

Ms. Schlievert said patients can stay for a week to more than six weeks, depending on the level of care. The cost of service is based on the level of care needed. The center accepts most insurance.

The Franciscan Care Center has a staff of 120 but plans to hire 20 more, including nursing, housekeeping, and dietary positions for the new facility. Applications can be submitted in person or online at www.fccsylvania.org.

For information, contact Laurie Stewart, admissions marketing director, at 419-882-6582.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com. 

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