Construction Updates

January 25, 2024 Update


This is the commons area on the new addition to the south. This area has four private suites surrounding it. The area will be great for residents and their loved ones.

New suite bathrooms equipped with showers

Part of one of the four new suites off of the 500 household

New flooring, paint and light fixtures are being updated on the 200 household to modernize the area.

The new flooring on the 200 household.

This is the new activities room on the 100/200 household. All of the windows (some of them currently covered by wood at the bottom) will make for a naturally inviting area to encourage fellowship. This area will be used for dining, entertainment and as a lounging space for residents and their loved ones.

Modernized sconces make a big difference!

November 7, 2023 Update


Addition to the 100/200 household.
This will hold the activities, entertainment, dining and lounge space for memory support residents. The large clerestory windows and sliding doors will let in lots of light. There will also be a covered patio area where residents and families can enjoy the shade and fresh air.

New activities room on the 100/200 household
All of the windows will make the area feel warm and naturally inviting to encourage fellowship. There will be dining, entertainment and lounging space for residents and their loved ones.

New addition to the north side of the 200 household
Includes four private suites and a living room area.

Existing 200 household – north side
This area is being updated with new paint and lighting.

Addition to the south side, next to the 500 household
This area holds four private suites which include showers and a welcoming living room area. Sliding glass doors will open up to an outdoor sitting area off of the common room.

Part of a new suite and bathroom where the shower will go.

Showcasing the commons/living room area
This area has four private suites surrounding it. The vaulted ceiling is higher in person than we expected and looks great. This will connect to the current 500 household.

July 24, 2023 Update

YORK – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning to celebrate the start of a major renovation/expansion project being undertaken by York General Health Care Services which will enhance the community’s elder offerings for years to come.

The ceremony this week is to mark the start of Phase 1, which will entail renovation of residential rooms and expansion at the Hearthstone.

Jim Ulrich, CEO of York General, welcomed the large crowd, noting the theme of this ongoing effort is “A Better Future for Elder Care in our Community.”

“Our vision is to be our region’s trusted choice for the improvement of health and deliver of quality care throughout life. To be a trusted choice, an organization has to provide excellent quality care. I believe we do that and the Hearthstone, being 5-star rated for quality, is a result that reflects this care. Secondly,” Ulrich continued, “we need to be there, to meet the care needs of the future. Overall, at York General, we strive to achieve this and it is a constant effort with lots of planning and strategic and operational decisions along the way. This project will do very well to answer these future needs and demands in long term care.

“Throughout life refers to the continuum of care and also our dedication to local access to care,” Ulrich said further. “The long-term care sector of York general’s overall health services consists of the Hearthstone and Willow Brook, which will be covered by this multiple-phase long-term care project. This groundbreaking is for the Hearthstone phase of this overall project. As our campaign title says, we are confident we are building and renovating our facilities to enable a better future for elder care in our community.”

Jay Colburn, vice-president of long-term care services, addressed the crowd, noting “the Hearthstone is a very nice building and it’s about to become even better with expanded services and enhanced physical spaces created to make our facility easier to access and life more enjoyable.”
He said over the next 12 months, they will build nine new private residential rooms, completely reimagine their country kitchen with larger parlors for families to enjoy meals with their loved ones, build a new activity space with a large covered porch serving both the current memory support unit and the newly added memory support unit, and they will refresh all the common areas in resident living areas.

“We will also be working through renovating our resident rooms in the facility,” Colburn said. “When the project is all said and done, over 80% of our rooms will be private with enhanced memory support services for our community and dining spaces that are comfortable for our residents and their loved ones. When fully executed, the Hearthstone’s footprint will grow a bit, but really the quality of life enhancements for residents, staff and visitors will shine.”

Chuck and Karen Harris, Chairman of the Capital Campaign noted the growing percentage of those over 65 in the York County population (20% of 14,000) and how this trend brings a great need for different options in elder care.

“This is the start of something special,” Harris said, noting $1.2 million in pledges have already been come in, toward the $2 million being sought in donations. “We will add years to the lives of our elders and life to those years.”

Samson Construction is the official contractor for the project; RDG is the architectural firm; and York General’s Tom Ehlers is the project manager.

When Phase 1 at the Hearthstone is completed, Phase 2 at Willow Brook will take place. The Willow Brook project will include the construction of 16 assisted living apartments, the construction of 10 new independent living apartments, new dining and recreation spaces for active elders.

The project cost for the first two phases is $19.7 million. The funds can be generated utilizing reserve funds that have been earned from current and past operations and investment. A portion would also be generated through new debt financing that would be retired over time with revenues from the expanded operations. The balance of investment needed would be generated from the donations by community partners.