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Green Hills unveils new look, new services

Officials at the former Green Hills Retirement Community announce a name change to Green Hills Community to reflect ongoing changes at the center, including the start-up of lab services to be offered to the public.

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Mike Ray, Green Hills president and CEO, explained that “baby boomers” are working longer and retirement is something either they choose not to do or are not doing because they need to keep working beyond the normal retirement age. As a result, the word “retirement” has been dropped from the name of the faith-based, non-profit entity.

“The name didn’t correctly reflect that we serve more than just an aging population,” he said in a release. “We have been offering child care here for more than 35 years — that is not something that you would expect from a ‘retirement community.’

“We are on the verge of a new Age Wave where every seven seconds a baby boomer is turning 65 years old. With that in mind, we need to be prepared to meet their health care needs.”

Along with the name change, officials also announce a change in the organization’s logo, which now is a tree with leaves of several colors to represent new growth along with a smaller tree to represent child care and new services being offered.

The beginning of Green Hills was based on need. There was a group of women in a sewing circle who decided they wanted a care center of their own. They organized a bake sale at the West Liberty Lions Club Labor Day Festival and raised a nice sum of money.

Several years later, income-based apartments were built and two years later, the nursing home was built.

As the population ages, their health care needs change. Over the years, officials have observed that people want to stay in their homes longer, said Mr. Ray.

“We look at life differently from other health care providers,” he said adding that Green Hills has developed a variety of programs and services to respond to the needs in the community.

“We will continue to look for new ways to meet those needs,” he said.

One way that the center is working to meet those needs is by offering the lab services to the public, such as having blood drawn on campus instead of making an appointment at a doctor’s office.

“As an example, a parent could drop off their toddler at the Child Center in the morning, have blood work done and be on their way to work,” Mr. Ray explained.

Green Hills is partnering with Springfield Regional Medical Center to offer the lab services. Plans are to have a draw station that is open six days a week, the CEO said.

“By offering these services, we are offering a more complete line of choices.”

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