original building was constructed in 1930 and was utilized
as the County Infirmary, which was formerly known as
the "poor farm", an image that the facility has worked
hard to change. At that time, it was solely a
county funded operation and was, and still is, a functional
program of the Human Services Agency. It's original
purpose was to provide food and shelter for the transients
and the indigent, and at the same time, have them attend
to chores in and around the premises. At that
time it was supervised by a superintendent and a matron
under the jurisdiction of what was then known as the
Welfare Board. As time went on, the residents
of the Infirmary began to need medical and nursing care.
The need for medical and nursing care was beginning
to increase as persons began to add years to their lives.
The Infirmary was then beginning to be called Iron County
Hospital, because of the increase in persons requiring
long term nursing care.
was in 1957 that the language in Act 280, the Social
Welfare Act, was amended to include Medical Care Facility.
Since the Iron county Hospital could no longer retain
the name "hospital", because of the definition of "hospital"
under Act 139, the institution became known as the Iron
County Medical Care Facility, with standards and regulations
written and applied as written by the State Department
of Social Services (now known as Department of Human
Services Board). The establishment of the Iron
County Medical Care Facility was to provide individualized
medical care, treatment, and supervision for those elderly
chronically ill, or disabled persons requiring services
of lesser intensity than those provided in hospitals
but unavailable elsewhere.
a publicly supported facility the distinguishing emphasis
from it's beginning was SERVICE to the POOR or Medically
INDIGENT. Thus, with the amendment to Act 280,
was the beginning of some drastic changes in the Medical
Care Facilities throughout the State. With the
enactment into law of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs
in July, 1966, the old structure no longer met the building
codes in order to be certified under the Medicare and
the early 1970's, the citizens of Iron County were asked
to vote on a millage levy as proposed by the Iron County
Board of Commissioners by which tax levies would be
used to construct a new Medical Care Facility.
This tax levy was affirmatively voted. Residents
were transferred to the new facility in 1976 and the
old structure, except for the 3 story section which
had been an addition to the old structure in 1957, was
Iron County Department of Human Services Board is the
governing body of the Iron County Medical Care Facility.
Under the Social Welfare Public Act. No. 280, Section
400.58 and as per Act No. 125 of P.A. 1954 which is
legislation authorizing county Medical Care Facilities,
the county Department of Human Services Board is authorized,
with the approval of the Board of Commissioners, to
supervise and be responsible for the operation of the
County Medical Care Facility. The Iron County
Department of Human Services Board consists of 3 members
(2 appointed by the County Board of Commissioners and
1 appointed by the State Department of Human Services).
The board provides local control of the quality and
cost of services provided to it's citizens. As
a local body the Department of Human Services Board
can address the unique health care needs of it's community,
tailoring services to match needs. In the rapidly
changing health care systems of today, they are uniquely
positioned to serve the interests of the local population
in a caring sensitive manner.
needs became apparent, the Facility has worked diligently
to provide it's residents with the best possible environment.
Improvements and life enhancing projects or additions
are on-going at the facility. Enhancement at the Facility
took place in 1994 when they broke ground to build a
20 bed addition. At this time, the Facility undertook
a 2.2+ million dollar expansion and renovation project.
Taking almost two years to complete, the facility was
given a total "face-lift". In addition to improving
the existing building, an additional dining area and
new diversional area was added at the end of the newly
constructed wing. An existing wing was taken and
made into a secure Dementia Unit called the "Special
Needs Unit". The wing designated as the Special
Needs Unit is a secure wing with its own dining/social
area added at the end of it. In the fall of 1997
an outdoor fenced in area with a gazebo was added to
further outdoor options of the unit's environment. Most
notable and recent additions are the adding of an Assisted
Living Complex, Victorian Heights, an out-patient physical
therapy facility known as Skyway Rehab and taking over
what was previously The Crystal Manor, nursing home,
adding a very large expansion to the south side of the
building to accommodate these residents and employees.
At the time of the new expansion, one of the biggest
changes in addition to the new beautiful accommodations,
a major frame of mind change was also implemented. The
facility changed all reference to wings and locations
to neighborhoods and all larger gathering areas were
given names. The goal was to form a community which
followed the goal of becoming more homelike and shedding
the totally medical model that had been the norm for
nursing homes in the past.
facility's newest project will break ground the summer
of 2012, with plans to renovate the building interior
to match the expansion area on the building's south
side. Two wings will be joined to almost double the
capacity for Special Needs residents, with a newly designed
secure unit. The former SNU wing will then be redesigned
and added on to, to accommodate short-term rehabilitation
clients, directly attached to Skyway Rehabilitation
Summary, The Iron County Medical Care Facility provides
to it's people a needed service.We fill the gap in the
health care system and insure access to long-term care.
We provide for local control of quality with an infusion
of Federal and State funds. The Facility does not
provide bargain basement care, we provide value for
have and will continue to be devoted to the care of
residents needing long-term skilled nursing and medical
care, including restorative related medical services,
and /or special therapeutic services to the citizens
of Iron County who are chronically ill and/or disabled.
are honored to be able to serve the community of Iron
County with a facility that they can be proud of.