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Nolan Nursing and Rehab residents were moved to their new facility on the east end of Sweetwater by the Texas Department of Transportation office from their Lamar Street location.
The new facility is licensed for 96 residents and 60 residents were moved to the current facility. Among the four wings, there are six private rooms and the rest are semi-private rooms. Each wing dead-ends into a sitting area, which has telephones, plasma televisions and couches. Each room has a bed, a chair and a wardrobe closet. Residents will even be able to enjoy a beauty room in the new facility. Different volunteers will come throughout the month to provide beauty services to the residents that wish to take advantage of them, some services are even provided free of charge.
The dietary staff will consist of four employees and the rest of the staff will be based on the number of residents.
Less than a year ago the ground was broken and now they are in a brand new facility. One that was well awaited for and needed. The complex also has a separate laundry facility.
Assisting in the moving of the 60 residents was the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC). MRC units are community based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.
The mission of the BCMRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency.
The BCMRC functions through the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department. It is partnered with the Nolan County Community Response Team (CERT), Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic, Texas State Technical College of Nursing, Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, Sweetwater police and fire departments, Nolan County Sheriff's Office, City of Sweetwater and Nolan County local governments.
The focus of the organization is to provide medical support to these entities during times of medical surge, pandemic disease outbreaks and disaster emergencies. Currently, MRC leadership has been meeting with all the entities listed, concerning and identifying support needs and opportunities to serve the healthcare community. "In the future we hope to be able to assist nearby counties to affiliate with us and create a larger group of related MRCs," said Ray Browning, BCMRC Coordinator.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Many community members including interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors and others can fill key support positions.
MRC units are provided specific areas to target that strengthen the public health infrastructure of their communities by the U.S. Surgeon General. These are outlined priorities for the health of individuals and the nation as a whole, which also serve as a guide to the MRC. The overreaching goal is to improve health literacy and in support of this, work towards increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities and improve public health preparedness.
MRC volunteers can choose to support communities in need nationwide. For more information on volunteering or getting involved with the BCMRC, call Ray Browning at 325-235-5463 ext. 13.