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Friends Of Nathaniel Witherell Give $1M To Greenwich For Renovation Project

From left, Nathaniel Witherell Executive Director Allen Brown, Friends of Nathaniel Witherell board member Louise Puschel, First Selectman Peter Tesei and Witherell’s Project Renew co-chairs Karen Sadik-Khan and Debby Lash.
From left, Nathaniel Witherell Executive Director Allen Brown, Friends of Nathaniel Witherell board member Louise Puschel, First Selectman Peter Tesei and Witherell’s Project Renew co-chairs Karen Sadik-Khan and Debby Lash. Photo Credit: Provided

GREENWICH, Conn. -- There was cause for celebration recently at Greenwich Town Hall when the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell presented a check for $1 million to the town to offset part of the construction costs of Project Renew, the project that has modernized and refurbished the skilled nursing center.

To date, almost $9.1 million has been raised through the fundraising efforts of the group toward Project Renew, representing about one-third of the project's costs, according to a press release.

“We are deeply grateful to all of those in the community who continue to support Project Renew,” Project Renew co-chair Debby Lash said in a press release. “Project Renew is making it possible to sustain the Witherell’s 112-year tradition of serving our community’s needs and assisting our town’s most vulnerable elderly residents.”

Project Renew has improved the infrastructure and environment at Nathaniel Witherell by increasing the number of private rooms from 26 to 64, eliminating 10 four-bedded rooms, and remodeling and redecorating 86 resident rooms, according to a press release.

Public space has been similarly enhanced. The renovations have doubled the size of the state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, increased the number of family reception areas, modernized three elevators and added a fourth elevator and new emergency generator, along with other upgrades to the facility, according to a press release.

The architectural and engineering design for Project Renew also reflects sensitivity to the Witherell’s historic significance since Nathaniel Witherell’s campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Nathaniel Witherell is a short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing center committed to person-centered care provided by its staff, according to a press release. Rehab is available seven days a week. The nonprofit is owned and operated by the town of Greenwich and has been serving the community for 112 years.

To learn more about Project Renew, call Scott Neff, Witherell’s development director, at 203-618-4227, or email him at sneff@friendsofwitherell.org.

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