Mary Katherine Murphy Staff reporter
August 20, 2013
Three weeks after moving to a new facility, the staff and residents of Scottish Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laurinburg are preparing to celebrate the man who started it all.
On Aug. 3, Scottish Pines completed its move from its former home on Hasty Road to the new location on Johns Road. With the assistance of Scotland County EMS, the Laurinburg Fire Department, the American Red Cross, and local law enforcement, the center’s 72 residents were transferred over the course of one morning to the newly 57,000 square foot Scottish Pines facility.
“It went very smooth, especially with all the help,” said Ashley Chavis, Scottish Pines Director of Admissions. “We were able to get everybody over safely and smoothly and the residents are happy.”
The move also came with a new name, changing from Century Care of Laurinburg to Scottish Pines, though the center will remain under the aegis of Century Care Management.
Prior to the move, Scottish Pines hosted a series of open houses for local clergy, physicians, and the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce in the last week of July.
On Friday, Scottish Pines will hold the second annual celebration of the life of Century Care Management owner Noah K. Duncan of Cary, who died in 2011. Similar celebrations will be conducted in the other six Century Care nursing homes in North Carolina.
“Basically it’s in his honor for all the generous things he’s done for our staff and residents,” Chavis said. “He loved to have a community pig pickin’ so we have a pig on the grill, a live band, and last year we did everything in UNC colors.”
At 99 beds, the new facility is not designed to take on more residents than the old building could house. But at nearly twice the size - and including an in-house movie theatre and three-chair beauty salon - it provides a more welcoming setting.
“We have almost twice as much living space so it’s allowing us to create a much better living environment,” Chavis said. “We still have some things that are being finished up; a lot more landscaping is being done outside and a few odds and ends, but for the most part we’re up and running.”
Scottish Pines’ new rehabilitation center includes 33 private rooms for patients receiving therapy between leaving the hospital and returning home.
The center is also expected to begin construction of a new wing to absorb patients at the Edwin Morgan Center. Scotland Health Care System ceded the management of the Morgan Center’s patients to Century Care last month, and the move of Morgan Center patients could be completed as soon as late 2014.