West, Texas, April 1, 2014 – The West Rest Haven Board of Directors and administration will host a ground breaking ceremony at 503 Meadow Drive, West, Texas April 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The event symbolizes a monumental step in recovery for the West community.
West Rest Haven will begin rebuilding their beloved institution destroyed in the April 17, 2013 fertilizer explosion. The new 75,000 square foot, 120 bed skilled nursing facility will be erected across North Davis Street from the old nursing home. The facility will have a number of added features such as memory care and outpatient therapy.
The old nursing home was about 200 yards away from the West Fertilizer Co. and was among scores of buildings destroyed when the fertilizer plant’s store of nitrogen based fertilizer exploded in a fire. The staff along with members of the community and first responders evacuated the residents from the facility after the explosion.
The West Rest Haven board president Robert Payne stated, “This is an important day in West. Rebuilding the nursing home is a significant milestone on the road to recovery bringing back dispersed elderly residents and nursing home staff.”
With site preparations nearly finished, construction will begin in the next two months. A summer 2015 completion is anticipated.
West Rest Haven was started in the mid 1960’s by a dedicated group of men and women with great vision. And, like them, we must start out a little smaller with the hopes and desire to add on in the future. The original facility opened in 1967 with 40 beds and grew over time to 145 beds. West Rest Haven continues to be a community owned and operated nursing facility serving West and the surrounding communities.