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Charleston, W.Va. – AMFM Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers (N&RC) are bringing memories to life during annual National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW). Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and beginning on Mother’s Day, NSNCW provides an opportunity to recognize skilled nursing center caring for seniors and those receiving short-term rehabilitation.

The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating Life’s Stories” and serves as a tribute to life’s significant events, relationships and experiences. These collective life events have shaped the lives of patients across America and the impact it has had on our communities.

“We have incredible life stories in all our centers,” said Brandon S. Totten, community relations manager for AMFM, said. “We’re honored to get to share them during this special week, and have some great events for our patients, employees and the community.”   

McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in the heart of coal country has a week planned to honor those patients with coal mining histories. The center will feature a week-long coal fields museum with items miners used daily. Other activities include a banquet for coal miners residing in the center, histories of the coal mines from the 1940s and a day to celebrate coal miner’s families.

“On Thursday, May 17th we are honoring the coal miner’s families who often gave as much, if not more than those hard-working miners,” said Patty Lucas, executive director for McDowell N&RC, said. The 2pm event being with a mini-skit from McDowell team members and music centered around coal-related songs. Local hospital discharge planners, business leaders and community members are invited.  

North through the coalfields and Hillcrest Health Care Center (HCC) in Danville hosts a day for family members to share their loved ones’ “Life Story.” Family members are invited to bring special items important to the patient. These could include souvenirs from their travels, a quilt or crocheted blanket, a musical instrument they played or paintings or art they created.   

Through twisting roads and along the Mud River in Lincoln County, Lincoln N&RC patients will “Create Memories” using shadow boxes. Shadow boxes are enclosed glass-front displays popular for showcasing mementos and other items of personal importance.

Greenbrier Health Care Center, one of AMFM’s newest locations, hosts the “Beautiful Memories Reception” on Tuesday, May 15 at 2pm. The event will honor the lives of Greenbrier HCC patients and their contributions to the community. The community is invited to the reception and refreshments will be provided.    

“With 18 locations we have a lot of variety of activities for our patients and their families,” Totten said. “We believe there is something for everyone and invite our communities to come out and get the chance to know our patients and care teams.”       

For the AMFM center near you, please click on AMFM Locations, and call for their NSNCW activities.

About AMFM:
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. The care centers operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties. 

AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”