The Morrison Unveils New Rehab & Wellness Center

Dozens of community members toured The Morrison’s new 4,000-square-foot Rehabilitation & Wellness Center during its Grand Opening on June 10, which was marked with a ribbon cutting, raffle, giveaways and refreshments.

The $1.2 million, two-story Rehab Center is designed to provide occupational, physical, speech and cardiac therapy for Morrison residents and community members to promote independence in daily activities after strokes, hip and knee replacements and other medical procedures. The region’s seniors will also be able to take advantage of wellness programs, like yoga, cooking classes, and balance, flexibility and strength training.

The brightly painted Rehab Center, with large windows to let in lots of light, features a gym, physical therapy and exercise equipment, a treatment room, staff offices, and a simulated house setting where patients can practice daily living tasks before returning home.

The Morrison’s Chief Executive Officer Roxie Severance noted that the project is the result of the vision of the Board of Trustees, The Morrison’s clinical team, led by Robin Hicks, BS, RN-BC, WCC, and the Synertx rehabilitation team, led by Becky Herndon, MS, OTR/L. “Everyone assisted in designing the program and identifying the services that we will be offering our community,” she said.

“Small businesses often fall by the wayside or go out of business,” said Board Chair Dave Rodham. “We didn’t want The Morrison to fall into that category, so we decided to do what was needed to position The Morrison for the next 25 years. This is a first class, one-of-its-kind rehab center that will help to inflate the economy, provide jobs and provide options for our senior citizens so they can stay in their homes as long as possible.”

State Senator Jeff Woodburn presented Severance with a proclamation from the state. Calling The Morrison “an anchor of the community,” he noted that his grandparents had worked at the facility, his father had served on the board, and he, himself, had helped Herb Hennessey build one of the outdoor decks.

Mike Scala brought greetings from U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s office. Sen. Ayotte commended Severance and The Morrison’s staff for their “commitment to quality care” and for being “a valuable resource to the North Country.”

S. Representative Annie Kuster’s North Country representative Brian Bresnahan conveyed her good wishes on the opening of the Rehab Center, which praised The Morrison for adding to “the wide array of services The Morrison has provided for over 112 years.”

Prior to the ribbon cutting, Severance recognized all of the town departments who worked hand-in-hand with The Morrison to move the project forward by reviewing plans and granting permits. She also thanked construction firm Bonnette, Page & Stone Corp. and all of the local contractors for their quality workmanship, and EGA Architects for the design. A special thanks was given to the residents and staff of The Morrison for enduring the sounds of jackhammers and other loud equipment for many months.

The Bank of New Hampshire provided funding for the project, along with a $2,000 equipment grant. The Cogswell Benevolent Trust provided a $3,000 equipment grant.

To learn more about the therapy programs and wellness activities, please call The Morrison at (603) 837-2541.