|Chester River Hospital Center
Magnolia Hall Turns 30
The residents and staff of Magnolia Hall hosted an afternoon reception on May 24 to celebrate the facility’s 30th anniversary. Guests included present and past members of the board of trustees, volunteers, supporters and friends. An impressive display of photos and mementos told the story of how the nursing home has developed over the years.
In 1965 a group of local citizens recognized the need for a nursing home in this community and began planning for such a facility. Using funds provided by Kent County, the State of Maryland, the federal government and most importantly, by private contributions, Magnolia Hall was established.
On May 13, 1970 the first resident was admitted to the 26-bed facility. As the demand for nursing home beds increased, the facility has grown to satisfy that need. In the three decades since its opening, the Center has added 69 beds, office space and lounge areas, new kitchen facilities and a beauty/barber shop for residents.
Magnolia Hall employs just over 100 people who are credited with helping the facility consistently score high on state surveys.
A Board of Trustees composed of local citizens has always governed the Center, which joined the Chester River Health System in May 1999.