Good Shepherd expansion underway

FOSTORIA – Thursday, executive director Chris Widman was checking out the construction site at Good Shepherd Home as crews from Clouse Construction (Tiffin), Gosche Putnam Masonry (Findlay) and Frankart Electric (Fostoria) went about their business. The Fostoria facility is adding a nursing wing and a new therapy department.

“This area will hold 16 private rooms and two semi-private rooms, so it will be a total of 20 beds,” Widman said. “This wing will be done probably in October.”

Each room has a bay window and stone accents to coordinate with the nearby villas. A flooring product called SorbaSHOCK is being installed in the main living area of each room and in all the hallways of the new wing. The inch-thick material is designed to prevent fractures that can occur from falls. The furniture is to sit on a solid ledge running around the perimeter of the patient rooms.

“We put SorbaSHOCK in our Alzheimer’s wing when we added on about five years ago. We were the first facility in the United States to put it in, and since we installed it, we have not had a fracture from a fall on that floor. So when we were laying out this wing, that’s one of the first things our staff said. ‘You’ve got to put SorbaSHOCK in the whole wing,” Widman said.

The morning sun glistened on the newly-poured concrete pad and steel framework for the new therapy department. It is expected to be finished spring 2015. The expanded therapy area is to allow Good Shepherd to offer outpatient and inpatient therapy. Widman said therapists from ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital are to continue providing therapy in the new addition with two pools and a well-equipped gym.

“This we’re doing with the capital campaign called “Therapy for All.” Our goal is $925,000 and so far, we’ve raised about $880,000,” Widman said. “We’re excited about that.”

John Tyree, job foreman for Clouse Construction, said ground was broken for the additions last November, but the harsh winter conditions prevented much progress. Work started up again in April and has been progressing at a good pace. The nursing wing is mostly enclosed and walls are being framed. Inside, job leader Adam Boignon of Frankart Electric was planning assignments for the electricians. Widman said both companies have been very considerate of the residents and staff at the home.

“They are very good at doing major construction in an occupied building,” he said.

With the changing health care regulations and reduced reimbursements for providers, Widman said Good Shepherd is trying to be proactive in meeting the needs of patients while offering a range of rehabilitative services. Therapy for All still is accepting donations. For more information, visit or call (419) 937-1801.