Culver Millers to hold open house, ribbon cutting for new facilities Dec. 16

Members of Culver's Chamber of Commerce stand alongside Culver Miller's Merry Manor staff and administrators at the April groundbreaking for work at the facility whose completion will be celebrated with an open house Dec. 16.
Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

Miller's Merry Manor nursing care facility in Culver is inviting the public to join its staff and residents this Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. for an open house -- with ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. -- showcasing its now-completed therapy gym, community room, and expanded dining room.

The open house will include door prizes and hors d-oeuvres. Miller's is located at 730 School Street in Culver.

Work on the upgrades to the facility began in April and included a new front entrance to the 3,258 square foot addition to allow easy access from the front parking area and accommodations for patients and community visitors. It was noted at the time that when Miller's was first constructed in 1981, physical therapy was largely off the radar in the world of nursing home care. Culver's facility added the option in the 1990s, but space has always been an issue. The present upgrade will not only facilitate therapy for Miller's residents, but on an outpatient basis for the community as well, according to Greg Fassett, administrator at the Culver Miller's.

Expansion of the dining room -- which was almost doubled in size -- will put an end to the facility's need to do two complete meal services for every meal. Instead, all residents will sit together for each meal, said Fassett.

Said Fassett in April, “We’re excited about this project and the opportunities it will give us to expand our therapy staff and the range of therapies and support services we offer. It will also allow us to serve our patients in new ways, with monthly health education and community programs specifically designed for seniors.”

All the endeavors are being funded by HUD (Housing and Urban Development), Fassett adds.

The event winds up a banner year overall for Miller's. Back in January, the Culver facility received the distinction of being graded a deficiency-free facility in its (very thorough) federal survey. Fassett received the Eli Pick Award from the American College of Healthcare Administrators for the second year in a row (he's the first Miller's administrator company-wide to win the award in the 40-year history of the College).

Miller’s Health Systems, Inc., operates 34 rehabilitation facilities, 11 assisted living communities, a therapy company and a home health company, all in Indiana.