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Farragut Healthcare changes name


Farragut Healthcare Center is getting a new name, a new look and new staff.

“The name has been changed to Summit View of Farragut,” said Ron Lawrence, owner and chief manager. “We hired some consultants and they recommended we unite our businesses under one name.”

Lawrence said Summit View is a limited liability partnership that includes himself, his sister and his wife. Their other businesses include a rehabilitation service now called Summit Health Services, Summit View of Lake City, a management company called Summit Health Management, Inc. and Summit Pharmacy Services Inc.

“The consultants said it would be better to keep them all under the same banner,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to the changes we’re doing. Our family has been a part of the Farragut community since nineteen forty-five and we intend to remain here.”

Enhancements to the center will take place in the living quarters, dining room and activities room, and will include updating the flooring and light fixtures as well as providing new coats of paint to the walls in warm and inviting hues. Enhancements include updating the flooring and light fixtures as well as providing new coats of paint to the walls in warm and inviting hues.

Lawrence said the facility would have a new executive director, beginning in September. Pamela Rogers joined Summit View as the facility’s executive director. A registered nurse with a Master of Science degree in nursing from The University of Tennessee, Lawrence said Rogers brings with her more than 30 years of experience working with the elderly and disabled individuals.

Rogers replaces Randal Rouse, the former executive director, who resigned after former staff members made allegations with the State Health Department regarding certain incident reporting procedures at the facility.

“Those allegations were unfounded and a result of poor communication,” Lawrence said. “If you don’t listen to your people, they will get your attention one way or another.”

Lawrence said Kelly Cothern is the center’s new activities director. She recently earned her master’s degree in therapeutic recreation from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He said she plans to develop more activities designed for rehabilitation purposes.

“We have all the therapies for our residents,” Lawrence said. “One of the things that is unique to our facility is a transitional unit we call ‘Almost Home.’”

He said “Almost Home” is designed for those residents of Summit View of Farragut who are close to the stage where they can go home and be independent. The Almost Home unit gives them an opportunity to practice skills they would need once they are living by themselves again.

“We help them practice skills such as making a small meal for themselves, learning how to go from a wheelchair to a bed,” Lawrence said. “They build up a little confidence before they are returned home.”

Summit View houses 113 beds, 30 of which are in a secure unit for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We established this business in nineteen eighty-five,” he said. “We believe in this place so much that we kept our mother here in her later years.”

Lawrence said inquires are welcome. For more information, call 865-675-4154.

 

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