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Chipley, Fla. – Washington Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2014 list.

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Walk, Run, Glow 5k: Lighting the way for a cure was a huge success for Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (WRNC) as well as Chipley, Fl.  WRNC partnered with NorthFlorida Community Hospital to sponsor this years 5k to benefit the American Cancer Society/Washington and Holmes Relay for Life.  With 260 pre-registered participants, the race was set to begin at the hospital.  There were also over 20 children set to participate in the 1 mile race, just for kids.  This partnership was a huge success and so many have benefitted from the effort.  We look forward to next year.


Germs, beware!  Fannie Mathis, Healthy Hands Coordinator at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, is on a mission to kill germs.  Ms. Fannie usually sits near the hand sanitizer unit near the Therapy Gym to offer visitors and staff the opportunity to clean their hands.  According to the CDC, Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

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Northwest Florida Community Hospital and Washington Rehab and Nursing Center will sponsor “Walk, Run, Glow 5K: Lighting the way for a Cure” at 6 p.m. March 15 at NFCH. The participation fee is $20 for early registration by Feb. 14 or $25 after. Registration by Feb. 14 will guarantee the participant a T-shirt. There will also be a 1-mile fun run, walk, or bike ride for children ages 10 and under.  Packets can be picked up from 1-4 p.m. March 10 at WRNC or 3-5 p.m. March 14 at NFCH. Packets also will be available on the day of the race from 4-5:30 p.m.  For more information, call Christa at 326-0785 or Dena at 638-1610.

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This fall, about 170 Signature residents and caregivers traveled to Branson, Missouri for the annual resident vacation. For a glimpse of the action, check out the video below.

Mr. Donald Sellers came to Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on October 7th, 2013, from Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida.  Mr. Sellers, only 56 years old, was admitted with multiple medical comorbidities including a PEG tube placement and a tracheostomy.  With diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his prognosis was looking dismal. With the help of our multi-disciplinary team, Mr. Sellers started on his road to healing. The Pulmonary Rehab team had his tracheostomy capped for 24 hours by October 19th, 2013 and removed by October 30th, 2013.  Upon admission, he was only able to walk 30 feet with an unsteady gait, he needed assistance with performing all activities of daily life, and was being tube feed.  With physical, occupational and speech therapy, Mr. Sellers made a quick recovery and has been discharged home to be with family.  He is now able to walk wherever he pleases and has had the tube removed to eat “like normal people,” he says.

Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was recently awarded the “Best Hometown Chili” Winner in Chipley, Florida.  The Washington County Chamber of Commerce held its first annual Chili Cookoff on December 7th, 2013.  Bret Brown, Administrator, Ezell Johnson, elder at WRNC, along with Dan Runnels and Ricky “Bear” Erwin were the hailed cooks that brought home the prize.  Please check out the link below for pictures and more information.


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The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a $27,000 custom power wheelchair to 37-year-old Brian Trinka on Thursday, November 14th.   Washington County News was on hand for the story, please see the link provided.


“I completed my therapy at Washington Rehab in Chipley, Fl.”

This is the logo on the tee shirts for those who finish the course of physical, occupational, or speech therapy at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Residents and staff are both excited about getting a memento of their hard work and dedication.