Executive hired for new center in GC

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 Messenger photo by Cindy Kazalia
 Summerville, a new assisted living facility in Grove City, announced the hiring of a new executive director. Here Patricia Williams sits at her new desk as she prepares for the Pinnacle opening in December.

Summerville at Pinnacle, an assisted living community slated to open its Grove City location in December 2007, recently announced the selection of Patricia Williams as its executive director.  

Williams previous served as the executive director at Carriage Court, Grove City’s longest operating assisted living program for senior citizens. Prior to that, she worked for Lutheran Village. This most recent career move culminates over 30 years experience in the health care industry.

"I’ve been in health care since 1976," stated Williams, who holds a certificate from Owens Technical School and has accessed various educational opportunities in gerontology. "I started out in a hospital in acute care and literally worked in every department, learning everything there was to do."

This experience, which over the years ranged from hospital work to assisted living settings, prepared her for this start up role as well as management oversight.   

"When I’m hiring people, they respect the fact that I’m a ‘hands on’ manager," Williams said. "I know what’s going on with the residents and, for me, that’s important."

That’s good news for residents and their families – especially since Summerville at Pinnacle will operate 83 assisted living units as well as 23 memory care units in a secure section "SummerBrook." According to Williams, her job is currently made easier by the builder, the Jerry McClain Company based in Newark, Ohio.

"They pay close attention to details," Williams explained, "keeping in mind the type of resident and who will want to live here. For instance, the thermostat is similar to the one residents might have at home except the labels are intentionally larger for easy reading. There’s also a large oak magazine rack in the bathroom that doubles as a grab bar."

She then added, "This is definitely a home for individuals so the builders have paid attention to details so that it does not look institutional."

If seniors enjoy all the comforts of home, they also benefit from support that is not readily available in a freestanding home. Staff is available 24 hours per day to meet individual needs. Additionally, meals, snacks and transportation are provided. Residents will not have to clean their own apartment or handle their own laundry.  

"There’s such a benefit to being around people your own age and having staff around to assist you if you need it," explained Williams. "Our residents can concentrate on the things that are important to them without feeling like they’re a burden to anyone. This allows them quality time with family."

Summerville, 1305 Lamplighter Rd., off of Buckeye Parkway, is scheduled to open models for public tours in September. Prior to that, individuals can arrange private meetings with Williams and put down deposits. The cost for a studio apartment starts at $2,500 per month and care level services begin at $300 a month. There are four care levels available in the studio or one bedroom apartments. Pets are also welcome.

Summerville at Pinnacle is operated by Emeritus Assisted Living. For more information, contact Patricia Williams at 277-1200.

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