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Vancrest Payne to open in early spring
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:02 PM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

PAYNE – The former Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne is nearing the completion of its facelift.

Payne Health Facilities, a Vancrest Health Care Center, was purchased by Vancrest Management Corporation Dec. 15, 2011 at auction for $455,000. At the present time, construction is moving forward and the renovation could be done as early as March.

Mark White and his staff have torn out rooms, taken up carpet and are making Vancrest of Payne into a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

At least two unexpected projects had to be done on the building as the fire sprinklers on the new portico, or canopy, had never been installed. It is required to have them because the canopy is attached to the building.

The sprinklers inside had to be replaced as well due to being old and deteriorated.

Plans call for 24 assisted living apartments, which are roomy and equipped with all the comforts of home. There is a huge walk-in closet in each apartment, a wet bar, shower, microwave, access to great dining, washers and dryers and places inside to just sit and visit or pass time.

Walls and ceilings are being replastered, new woodwork is now adorning the walls, and the whole atmosphere is one of excitement, comfort and beauty. The building will be redecorated with colors and designs to make the residents feel at home and comfortable.

The assisted living facilities are designed for seniors who may need assistance with daily living activities and perhaps with medications. They also enhance their residents’ quality of life.

Dave Rellinger is the facilities construction manager and has worked with White on all the Vancrest building projects. He is on site in Payne, and, along with White, is coordinating the new construction and remodeling.

This will be the ninth facility Vancrest has opened with each one noted for its quality of care, cleanliness and resident satisfaction.

Other facilities include Resthaven in Greenville, Sarah Jane in Delphos, Vancrest of Eaton, Vancrest of Holgate, Vancrest of Urbana, Vancrest of Van Wert, Vancrest of Convoy and Vancrest of Delphos.

White said, “We are proud to be a part of the area and look forward to opening here in Payne.”