LANDOVER – FutureCare held the grand opening of its $30 million, state of the art Capital Region rehabilitation and wellness center in Landover on May 23.
It will be FutureCare’s 15th facility since its founding in 1986 by the Attman family. The company has locations all over the state of Maryland including Anne Arundel County, Clinton, Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The facility is projected to bring 220 new jobs to the Prince George’s County area.
The grand opening ceremony began with a performance by the Thomas G. Pullen Performing Arts School Chorus. Remarks from the Attmans followed the performance by President and CEO Gary Attman, Chairman of the Board Leonard Attman and Senior Vice President Jeffrey Attman as well as County Executive Rushern Baker, III, Maryland Lt. Gov.Boyd Rutherford and Bishop Joel Peebles with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Millicent Warren, a patient at FutureCare Capital Region.
“This will have a tremendous impact on the county,” Baker said. “It establishes the rehab center as a center of Prince George's County and the new downtown area.”
David Pipkin is coming in as the head administrator of the Capital Region facility. He has been working in nursing homes for 30 years and in the nursing home administration for nine years. Pipkin previously worked at FutureCare’s Sandtown and Homewood locations in Baltimore.
“My goals are that Capital Region performs above standards,” he said. “I want us to be a leader in healthcare, become a profitable facility and provide employment for the community.”
The Landover facility had been in the works for about five years, and they spared no expense on the up to date technology and lavish living facilities.
“This is a very state of the art facility,” Gary Attman said. “We have 150 beds. Most of them are private rooms which are unique in this industry. We also have private bathrooms in the rooms and plenty of space to bring things for our patients. This will be a place that is, again, state of the art and unlike anything else in the state of Maryland.”
Also, there is a dialysis center, a ventilator care system and the latest technology used in caring for patients such as ceiling lifts used to transport patients around their rooms and onto the rehabilitation equipment.
“We want to bring better quality care to patients,” said director of rehab Jessica Sobul. “We have equipment that no one else has.”
Not only was the company thorough in their use of patient care equipment, but they tried their hardest to make the facility seem like a home away from home. There is a library, outdoor sitting areas, several cafes and dining areas, flat screen televisions, for each bed, Wi-Fi and a beauty salon as well as scenic views of the surrounding area.
“They cut no corners with the highest equipment and doctors,” said Sarah Attman, public relations manager of FutureCare. “We want this to feel like a resort or spa, not like a healthcare facility. We want it to feel like a hotel.”
Karen Bryant, a nurse from Hospice of the Chesapeake, was very impressed at the entire facility after taking a tour.
“It’s really state of the art,” she said. “Nothing compares. I like the way it’s so open, and it gives a sense of well-being.”
The facility is the first free-standing rehabilitation facility in Prince George’s County in 20 years. It will be a much-needed asset to the community as according to Maryland’s Department of Planning, the population of people ages 65 and older will projectively increase 24.3 percent by 2025. FutureCare was awarded the first Certificate of Need in the county in 20 years for their efforts to meet this demand.
“We have an open door policy,” said Sobul. “We want the community to trust us to the core. Anyone is welcome any time to see the facility and take a tour.”
One of the goals of Capital Region center is to be extremely involved with the community by partnering with the neighboring churches, schools and community centers.
“We are going to be immersed in the area,” Gary Attman said. “We want to be a great neighbor. We had the bishop here, we’re going to work with all the churches, all the community groups and we’re privileged to have the children here from the performing arts school. We will be all over and helpful in any way we can be in the community.”
FutureCare is a leader in state of the art healthcare, Pipkin said. They take traditional rehabilitation equipment to the next level to gain knowledge on recovery and offer elite service.
“I’m looking forward to doing a great job bringing a new standard of care, a new quality of care, to the residents in Prince George’s County because they deserve it,” Gary Attman said. “We’re also servicing the entire capital region: Montgomery County, Washington, DC. There is no place like this in the entire Capital region.”