By BRIAN SMITH
WILLOW PARK — ”Another jewel in the crown” of Willow Park had ground broken Saturday morning.
Willow Park Rehabilitation and Care Center, a 125-bed skilled nursing facility offering a number of services for the ailing and elderly, is expected to be complete sometime next year. Mayor Richard Neverdousky said the beginning of construction work on the project will make the city a real destination in East Parker County.
“This will be a starting point for development in the area,” Neverdousky said. “I’m sure this will be something East Parker County and Willow Park will both benefit from.”
Some of the services being offered include physical, occupational and speech therapy, wound, respite and long-term care and a state of the art 2,600 square-foot therapy gym.
Parker County Judge Mark Riley, who was a commissioner in these parts from 1987-1994, said having good things benefit one part of the county benefits the whole area.
“This is another major improvement to the quality of life in this end of the county,” Riley noted, saying recent improvements to the interstate and other development, including a large apartment complex adjacent to the facility, will only help and promote further development in the area.
Tom Sledge, chief operating officer with Weatherford Regional Medical Center, said he is looking forward to a strong working relationship with the facility and “having another partner in the medical community.”
Clark Bosher, pastor of Willow Park Baptist Church, said allowing the facility to build on the 5 acres of land the church provided for the facility, was an easy decision for his congregation.
“We believe this is part of our stated purpose as a church community,” Bosher said. “How you take care of your children and how you take care of your elderly says a lot about your country. We are just so proud to have them here.”