Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

September 30, 2013

Cheokas attends open house at Magnolia Manor

AMERICUS — State Rep. Mike Cheokas, R-Americus, was guest of honor during a recent open house held at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center. The open house was held to assist Cheokas to better understand the changing role of nursing homes in the delivery of healthcare in Georgia.

Cheokas was welcomed by Administrator Susie Fussell, RN and was given a tour of the center as well as refreshments. Cheokas also met with staff, residents and family members to gain a better understanding of issues surrounding the care of the elderly in Georgia and the impact of changes in Georgia’s Medicaid reimbursement.

Approximately 50 people attended and enjoyed the opportunity to meet Cheokas. Also in attendance were Mark R. Todd, CEO and Hill Fort, COO, representing Magnolia Manor.

“We are very happy and encouraged to have Representative Cheokas visit Magnolia Manor today,” said Fussell, “We are impressed he took time out of his busy schedule to talk with residents, staff and family members about our concerns and to view, first-hand, the care delivered here.”

Cheokas responded by praising Magnolia Manor for its commitment and dedication to the community.

Magnolia Manor is located at 2001 S. Lee St. in Americus and has been serving the community for over 50 years. Over 200 employees provide care to over 200 nursing center residents. Residents living in the nursing center range in age from 62 to 101 years.

This open house is part of the Georgia Health Care Association’s (GHCA) campaign to update the Georgia Legislature on the evolving role of nursing homes and other providers of healthcare services to our state’s frail, sick and elderly. Hill Fort is currently chairman of the Board of GHCA. As well, Magnolia Manor VP Barbara Mitchell, RN serves on the Board.

These open houses are being held throughout Georgia this summer and early fall.


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