FORESTVILLE – Forestville Healthcare Center revealed its multi-million dollar renovation while also celebrating the hospital’s 49th year of patient treatment in the community. On Thursday, Sept 3, the healthcare center’s grand opening highlighted the facility’s new Advanced Rehabilitation Unit with a celebratory ribbon cutting and an Honor 360 Commemoration, while the staff provided a tour […]
FORESTVILLE – Forestville Healthcare Center revealed its multi-million dollar renovation while also celebrating the hospital’s 49th year of patient treatment in the community.
On Thursday, Sept 3, the healthcare center’s grand opening highlighted the facility’s new Advanced Rehabilitation Unit with a celebratory ribbon cutting and an Honor 360 Commemoration, while the staff provided a tour of the reconditioned facility. The new renovations include The Vista Dining Room, model rooms for the patients with Direct TV, the Honor 360 Lounge, an advanced gym, and a rehabilitation unit with advanced technology.
The Forestville Healthcare Center is located in the Forestville, District Heights, and Capitol Heights area and is ready to meet the healthcare needs of the community.
An addition to the center that no other facility in Maryland has is the Honor 360 Lounge, an area dedicated to veterans where they can relax, reflect and share memories with fellow veterans. Stephen Rosedale and his son, Isaac Rosedale, the owners of the new facility, said an issue that has been long overlooked by the nation is how to help the older wounded and injured veterans.
“I am a former military and combat veteran who came in particular to open up the Honor 360 program that honors the veterans,” Stephen said. “When you are in a combat situation, pressed up against your mortality and scared, you still have to do your job. This is one of the reasons we started the program.
“It’s not just the veterans, it’s the firefighters who ran into buildings during 9/11. It’s the emergency workers and hospital workers. If we do not honor our veterans then we are taking away from our greatest resource. Our veterans deserve this honor.”
The Rosendale’s bought the center as an ongoing facility. Isaac and his team completed the renovations in a year and half. The facility now has 162 beds and is now between 95-98 percent occupancy.
“God gives something special to each person. You just have to find it and turn it on, especially when you have a great leader like Sytina (Smith),” Stephen said. “Sytina learned to be a great leader. She was born with the potential and in our company we liberate people to be the best they can be. The building reflects them and it is great to be in a building that feels first-class.”
Sytina Smith, executive director of Forestville Healthcare Center, said the center wants to be a pillar in the community. Her job is to oversee all of the operations and renovations, and to make sure all of the budgeting and finances are in order.
“We want to get our patients ready to go home by getting them to believe in themselves, feel good, and feel like they can get up in the morning” Smith said. “This is home for the patients, so we wanted to make it feel like your house. We wanted to make it presentable and wanted them to feel comfortable.
“It’s the overall well-being. That’s the whole purpose. Healing the mind, body and spirit. A beautiful place like this will motivate patients to keep progressing and get better.”
Smith said for all of the patients and staff getting the facility feels like having a new house.
“Most of the patients’ favorite part is the dining room area,” Smith said. “We have multiple activities in the dining room. We do fine dining with china everyday and we have a rehab gym with state of the art equipment.
“The owners laid the foundation for this because they believe in holistic caring in a state of the art setting. They didn’t want it to be a traditional hospital setting. It needed to be more like home with relaxation and rehabilitation.”
Isaac said his goal was to create a spa like atmosphere.
“This is exciting because I think it is something that this community hasn’t seen in a long time,” Isaac said. “A facility dedicated to patients who fought in wars for this country. This is very unique and special, but something that the community deserves. We are investing in Prince George’s County and we want to see it continue with a veteran facility like the one we now have here.”
The facility’s dedicated team of physicians, nurses and therapists are committed to providing the most soothing environment and the highest level of care, caring for short-term and long-term care patients.
“Now we finally have a facility that is as beautiful as the staff here,” Stephen said. “I’m excited because the team is such an extraordinary group of people. They are committed to giving to the residents everything that they possess in their heart and soul.”