The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coastal Manor Daybreak was held Friday in Ludowici.
Chief Long Term Care Officer Elise Stafford and Long County Chamber of Commerce President Ray Howard welcomed the crowd of about 70 people. Then the Rev. Steve Davis of Jones Creek Church gave the invocation.
CMD Director Rosby Fraiser told the crowd that the center had just enrolled its first participant earlier that day.
Fraiser said the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. She said some of the services the new center will provide include medical management, recreational activities, social services, wound care, physician services, therapeutic activities, food services and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Liberty County Hospital Authority Chairman James Rogers said the new facility covers 5,000 square feet and can assist up to 50 participants at a time.
He also said that once the center was at its full capacity, it will bring 50 additional jobs to Long County.
Coastal Manor Long Term Care Facility is regarded as one of the best facilities in the state, Rogers said, and the goal of Coastal Manor Daybreak will be to seek that same excellence. He thanked Stafford for her diligence in overseeing the project, which began in 2009, and presented her with a book titled “Georgia Bulldog Daily Devotionals.”
Liberty Regional Medical Center CEO Mike Hester thanked all who had a hand in creating the center and said Long County is a great location for it to be stationed. He said that currently, LRMC has 530 employees, and 150 of them work in Long County.
He said Coastal Manor had received numerous awards for its service, and that it was ranked in the top-10 percentile for all nursing homes in the nation.
Long County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dwight Gordon said adding CMD is a plus to the area and that its services are needed not only in Long County, but also to the entire region. He also thanked LRMC for bringing the additional jobs to the community.
Liberty County Board of Commissioners Chairman Donald Lovette gave a brief history of Coastal Manor, saying that it began with a handshake in 1999 between leaders from Liberty, McIntosh and Long counties.
State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, said those residents who need facilities like Coastal Manor and Coastal Manor Daybreak are the responsibility of all citizens.
“We have a responsibility to take care of them in the highest-possible manner,” he said.
Williams said that from personal experience, he can attest that the employees at Coastal Manor have a passion for helping these people.
“I know that the workers at Coastal Manor have a true love for the residents, and I know it will come over to this facility,” he said.
After the ribbon cutting, guests took a tour of the new facility and enjoyed refreshments.
Other dignitaries present included Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas, Ludowici City Councilman Mark Chesser, Long County Board of Education Chairwoman Janet Watford and Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles.