The 14-private bedroom and bathroom unit is connected to the on-site therapy center.

After years of planning, working and anticipation the Red Bud Lane addition at Morningside Center opened on Monday and immediately admitted three residents.

“We are off to a great start,” said Administrator, Joan Sweets.

The 14-private bedroom and bathroom unit is connected to the on-site therapy center which has four on-site, staff therapists.

Sweets said the $2.3 million project started when she approached the Livingston County Nursing Home District Board of Directors about a need at the center and in the community as a whole.

“We went to the board and told them there was a need, a demand for private rooms,” she said. “And they listened, and then approved our plans to start the process to add a private-bed unit here at Morningside.”

Financing for the project was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. All projects at Morningside Center, since its opening have been financed through the USDA.

USDA representatives were on hand to present certificates of recognition to key members of the project, including: The Livingston County Nursing Home District Board of Directors, Sweets, Leonard Williams & Associates, who served as architects on the project, and contractor, Jody Case of Case Contracting, LLC.

The much-anticipated opening was attended by city and county officials, Rep. Rusty Black and representatives from national lawmakers offices, along with members of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Livingston County Nursing Home District Board of Directors consists of Nancy Hoyt, chair; Connie Jones, Bob Winfrey, Harry Lockridge, Sharon Rardon and William Hulett.