Shovels Turn for $3.7M Expansion at Heritage Manor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation broke ground Friday to build the first phase of a $3.7 million expansion at its Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement community.

The first phase of the expansion includes construction of 12 private rooms with their own bathrooms. A dedicated nurses station will be added along with a family dining room, said Eric Murray, executive director of senior care and services.

Although Heritage Manor has had no resident cases of COVID-19, the pandemic illustrated that private living spaces are necessary for infection control, he noted. They also offer privacy for communicating with medical staff as well as visiting family and friends.

Future phases include updates to existing shared rooms and bathrooms so every room will be private.

“In addition, we’ll be enhancing our rehab and therapy services by expanding our gym, incorporating a mock apartment, which is important to functional activities as it relates to therapy. This will improve our outcomes and the safety of our residents as they transition home,” Murray said.

The final phase will convert semi-private rooms to hospice suites.

The groundbreaking was presided over by Suzyn Schwebel Epstein, president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Board of Directors. Among those turning shovels were U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and 3rd Ward Councilwoman Samantha Turner.

Brown (pictured above) related that his 94-year-old aunt, who recently passed away, was cared for at Heritage Manor in her final days. “We were so relieved, in her last days, that she was in Heritage Manor and were so pleased about her care,” he said.

The expansion project, designed by Strollo Architects, “will provide work for steel building trades,” said Andrew Lipkin, CEO of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.

James Pazol, co-chairman of the Hermitage Manor Capital Campaign, said the Federation, its foundation and the Thomases Family Endowment combined to underwrite the first phase of the project.

“In the coming months, we will be reaching out to the community to raise the rest of the needed dollars,” Pazol said.

Heritage Manor, 517 Gypsy Lane, opened in 1965. It sits on an 18-acre campus and currently houses 72 beds. Senior living services span the full range: from long-term and respite care to adult day services, and outpatient therapy and rehabilitation.

The senior living center is the only Veterans Administration approved provider of long-term care in Mahoning County. It open to everyone, regardless of faith.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson presents a commendation to Andrew Lipkin, CEO of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, and Suzyn Schwebel Epstein, federation board chairman.

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