The roots of the current Newaygo Medical Care Facility can be traced to the earliest years of "alms houses" or "poor houses." These were the government's first attempts to provide care and supervision for indigent and disabled citizens.
Groundbreaking for the current location was held on July 1, 1962 with formal dedication ceremonies held on Friday, June 18, 1963. The size of the Facility, however, quickly became an issue and discussions began as early as 1964 on building an addition. An additional wing was approved and construction began in February of 1966. An open house was held to dedicate the new wing on April 2, 1967. This wing increased the capacity of the Facility to its present size of 116 beds.
While the Facility's resident capacity has remained the same for over three decades, the physical plant and programming as well as the Facility's prestige, have not. During the last ten years, the entire Facility has been renovated and reconstructed. A new kitchen was built with increased capacity and laborsaving devices, a new administrative wing was added and a 20-bed dementia unit constructed complete with a therapeutic garden.
Every resident room was redecorated, as were all of the hallways and common rooms. The dining room was remodeled and outfitted with a large screen television, surround sound and a popcorn machine. Most recently, a new laundry area was built along with an upgraded electrical service and a new 650 kilowatt generator installed.
Through the generous supporters of Newaygo County a bond was passed to add an additional wing to the facility. The addition of "Sunflower" wing opened in July of 2007. This wing made it possible to eliminate the 11 four bed wards making all rooms now private or semi-private. The day rooms were also renovated giving families and guests bright cheerful areas to visit with their loved one. The "Magnolia Room" was also opened. This room is for families to stay with their loved one during the end of life process. A kitchenette, private bathroom and sitting area provides privacy and dignity during this difficult time.
While restoring and improving the physical plant have been major undertakings, resident care has remained the priority of the Facility and its staff. These efforts culminated by winning the first-ever Governor's Award for Quality of Care in 1998 and again in 2001. The facility has also received the prestigious Health Care Association of Michigan's Calvin H. Monfil Award for Facility Excellence in 1999, the first publicly owned facility to ever do so. A leader in the long-term and restorative care industry, the Newaygo Medical Care Facility remains committed to quality, prepared for change and responsive to the needs of the people in the community they serve.