By Amanda McBride
Choctaw Chamber of Commerce
Visiting residents at the Choctaw Regional Rehabilitation and Nursing Center just got easier with the new parking lot and the portico.
The parking lot has been paved with concrete with funds from a DIP grant that the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors received. This $150,000 grant not only allowed the parking lot to be paved but it created jobs as well. Chris McIntire, Supervisor Board President, said the grant was “tied directly to job creation.” He said that eight jobs were required and they exceeded that.
“We are proud to get this accomplished this year. It’s a long time coming,” said McIntire. “The parking lot and portico will greatly improve the lives of the residents and their family members,” he added.
The portico is still under construction but will be a huge benefit once it’s complete. The covered walkway from the nursing home has been extended into the parking lot where the portico is being constructed. The portico and parking lot includes a circle drive at the entrance of the nursing center.
“The residents are so excited about being able to come out here and be transported without getting wet and their families are excited, too. The parking lot is safe and secure and handicap accessible,” said Jan Maddux, Choctaw Regional Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Administrator.
The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce has made a $25,000 donation to the Choctaw County Medical Foundation to partially fund the portico.
“We are excited that we were able to be a part of this portico project,” states Donna McKay, Chamber Director. “The portico will be beneficial to the residents, their families and our county for years to come.”
Ron Bennett, Choctaw County Economic Development District Board President, is proud to help the residents of the nursing home. “The portico and parking lot will impact our citizens at a time they need it while in the nursing home.”
He added that this project will enhance the nursing home since it is “an important economic factor in our county.”
“The Choctaw County Medical Foundation is grateful for the donation from the Chamber of Commerce. It’s a joint venture between the Medical Foundation, Chamber and the Board of Supervisors,” said Rick Jenkins, Choctaw County Medical Foundation Board President.
“It’s a long time coming and working together has enhanced the lives of the residents with the new parking lot and portico,” said Jenkins.