PLEASANT VIEW Administrator Shana Espinoza shared the oversized scissors with original Pleasant View nurse and WWII veteran Irene Hosking for the ribbon cutting for the new Pleasant View medical care facility in Caledonia Township on Thursday, Jan. 4. Also joining Espinoza and Hosking were Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and state of Michigan Health and Human Services board members Cindy Civille and Hartmann Aue, who both played large roles in coordinating the construction of the county’s new medical care facility.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)
by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
The Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility (SCMCF), Pleasant View, opened its doors to the public on Thursday, Jan. 4 with a ribbon cutting, grand opening and open house. The ribbon cutting was staged by the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, with many local dignitaries, Pleasant View patients and staff members, and a horde of media representatives on hand to celebrate the opening of the county’s $25 million facility. Built on 10 acres in The Commons medical park in Caledonia Township, the 103,000-square-foot facility will house 136 residents. The residents are scheduled to move to their new home from the current Pleasant View facility on Norton Street in Corunna on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Carrie Rathbun Hawks of Rathbun Public Relations, Pleasant View Administrator Shana Espinoza, and state of Michigan Health and Human Services board members Hartmann Aue and Cindy Civille addressed the guests. The crowd then spread out to tour the facility, with community residents coming and going throughout the evening. They were given a “behind the scenes” look at the county’s new medical care facility, which features such amenities as a salon, fireplace, baby grand piano, ‘50s- themed diner, 24-hour food service, library and auditorium, among many others.
After passing through the grand entrance, guests of the new Pleasant View enter the spacious “Towne Center” common area, which connects the facility’s three wings. Each wing has its own distinct color scheme to make traversing the mammoth facility easier for residents. One wing is designated for short-term rehabilitation, another for long-term skilled nursing care and the third for memory care, with single-patient rooms, bariatric and hospice suites, and an activity center.
Ground was broken on the new building in June of 2016. The current SCMCF in Corunna was built in 1953, after the county poor farm on Lyons Road near Corunna, which was built in 1847, was deemed unsafe. This history is explained in greater detail in Pleasant View’s “Towne Center,” where a history wall tells the story with the help of pictures and newspaper clippings. More information regarding Pleasant View can be found at www.pleasantviewmcf.org, or by calling (989) 743-3491.