Ross Prevo and Stephanie Wika took over as Owners of Sturgeon Rest Home on October 01, 2011. Ross has operated a Residential Care Facility in the past and they continue to provide high quality care and services in the home like environment that Sturgeon Rest Home has developed a reputation for.
Sturgeon Rest Home was opened on October 1st., 1976 by John and Ruth Troyer.
John and Ruth purchased an old Victorian style home at the corner of North Audrain Street and East Stone Street in northeast Sturgeon and added a wing which included seven bedrooms, two restrooms, and a tub and shower room.
Ten residents were transferred from the Centralia Rest Home that the Troyers owned and operated in Centralia.
Roger and Virginia Martin, purchased Sturgeon Rest Home on January 1st., 1980.
Roger graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York with a degree in Industrial Management.
He also graduated from Southern University in Collegedale, TN in 1973.
He earned a B.S. degree in psychology with a social work emphasis.
Previous experience includes: warehouse manager for Shuron-Continental Optical Company for four years, and warehouse manager for Collegedale Distributors in Ooltewah, TN for six years.
Virginia graduated from Union College in Lincoln, NE in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Nursing.
Previous experience includes: staff nursing in hospitals for two years in TX, NE, and TN.
For four and a half years she taught nursing in the associate degree nursing programs at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN and at Southern University at Collegedale, TN.
Although Roger and Virginia were both new to this type of work, they soon learned that the most important things were to keep the residents healthy, clean, well-fed, and happy.
By doing this, residents will stay a long time.
Currently, about half of our residents have been with us over five years.
One was with us over eighteen years.
There was a thirteen month period where we had the same twenty residents.
Roger and Virginia began remodeling the inside of the facility when they purchased the business in 1980.
Other major improvements were started later and are listed in chronological order below.
Major Improvements to the Building
Installed Central Fire Alarm System with 24 Hour Monitoring
Installed Central Air Conditioning
Spring - Installed Fluorescent Lighting throughout the building
Fluorescent Lighting Before and After Photos
Summer - Installed Central Security System
Fall - Converted Garage into recreation room for residents and a smaller room for freezers and an extra refrigerator
Recreation Room Before and After Photos
Front porch rebuilt with CCA deck lumber
Installed new roof (changed from white shingles to black shingles)
July - Completely Remodeled Kitchen
Kitchen Before and After Photos
August - Installed new furnaces
Fall - Installed Vinyl siding and new energy efficient windows
Building Exterior Before and After Photos
Spring - New Business Sign
Driveway and Business Sign Before and After Photos
Summer - Paved Driveway
Fall - Landscaping (Yard of the month May of 1996)
Winter - Started construction of new addition on west end of building
Spring - Completed new addition (two bedrooms, and two bathrooms)
New Addition Before and After Photos
Winter - Completed new storage garage in back of building
June - Replaced Central Fire Alarm and Security Systems
Summer - Remodeled Front Entryway
Christmas - Decorated outside of building first time
The inside of the building has been remodeled several times since 1980