Middlefield Business Celebrations!
Customer Appreciation Cook-Out At Geauga Vision Well Received
The sudden cool temperatures didn’t hamper Geauga Vision’s customer appreciation cook-out held at their new Middlefield location on Sept. 22. Behind the grill was lab technician turned burger aficionado, Jeff Taylor. He was assisted by Theresa Miller. Both are a part of the Geauga Vision family. Mayor Ben Garlich, members of council, friends, community, and customers all enjoyed the ala cart cook-out consisting of sirloin burgers (bathed in BBQ sauce), hot dogs, chips and cookies. Geauga Vision owner, John Bruening, enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, talking with guests throughout the day. It was a wonderful time and a true testimony to the tight-knit community.
New Addition at Briar Hill
In late May, Ohman Family Communities began demolition and preparation for a 23,000 sq. ft., 24 private-room post-acute rehab wing to be added to the existing
Briar Hill Health Care facility in Middlefield.
The new wing will have a separate entrance with a focus to modernize the rehab space for an ever-increasing rehab population.
Currently, physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy rehabilitation is provided. In 2017, BHHCR added a dialysis den for inpatient dialysis. The therapy gym will triple the size of the current gym and will provide outpatient therapy for the community.
The addition will also feature a new dining room, coffee shop, library, living room and spa.
All patient rooms will be private with attached private showers. The project for the addition will take approximately 18 months.
In addition to the rehab wing, BHHCR will renovate its existing facility creating private resident rooms, expanding the kitchen, creating an enclosed courtyard accessible from several points of the building. They will also update interior décor on the first and second floor. The total project will take approximately 24 months.
BHHCR is currently an 85-bed skilled nursing/rehab facility, with 45 assisted living units and will offer 96 skilled-nursing-facility beds following the project completion.
Briar Hill is one of three rehab facilities owned and managed by Ohman Family Communities who have been a part of Geauga County serving primarily the senior population for more than 54 years. This project is one of many that they will undertake to serve the growing senior population.
One of their core values is Striving for Excellence. They believe this includes not only the internal day-to-day management, but also the physical building as well.
Ohman Family Communities is in the early stages of building an independent living community near the Briar Hill campus as well. Visit BriarHillHealthCare.
Clear Skies Ahead Open House, Hiring Event
Clear Skies Ahead has moved to 14950 South State Avenue in Middlefield. To celebrate, they held an open house and hiring event on June 12 with Mayor Garlich from Middlefield Village doing the honor of cutting the ribbon.
Clear Skies Ahead has a simple philosophy: provide the assistance needed to ensure that every person leads the life they want to live, while treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve. They assist clients with developmental disabilities with maintaining a full life in their home and community though self-determination and removing barriers.
Clear Skies Ahead in Middlefield provides residential services to clients who are referred through the Geauga County Department of Developmental Disabilities. There is a clubhouse on site to watch movies, play games, and socialize during office hours. Services provided include homemaker, personal care, transportation, respite, community inclusion and supported living.
The hiring event offered open interviews and opportunities for full and part time employment primarily for afternoon and midnight shifts with morning hours on weekends. Those unable to attend the hiring event and have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record, and a safe and reliable vehicle with current auto insurance may call 440-632-3157 to obtain an application for employment.
To learn more about Clear Skies Ahead, administrator Cathy Brooks can be reached at 330-397-6984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 7, Big Bill’s Burgers in Middlefield celebrated with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!Since January, Dedria Kot, family members and their team have been preparing great food featuring the biggest ‘best’ burgers in town. The new eatery is located just north of the light on Route 608, across from the fire station. After working hard to smooth out the kinks, update the facilities and develop premier customer service habits, they have created an atmosphere that’s comfortable and inviting. The Kots are Windham, Ohio natives and currently operate Dee’s Hometown Diner located there.
When Dedria began preparing some of her grandmother’s, Lucille Moore, home-made recipes (which turned out to be a big hit) some Middlefield friends told them they would love to have the same menu and the same great food in their home town. The Kots began looking for their next adventure and founded Big Bill’s Burgers. After a very long journey and a lot of help from many local contractors, they are now open for business.
Big Bill’s menu is complete. Starting with breakfast, which is served all day, enjoy omelets, pancakes or biscuits and gravy, and later, if a burger isn’t what you crave, try baskets, wraps or salads. For dinner other dishes include fish dinners or liver and onions.
The Kots enjoy serving people, great tasting food at an affordable price and the joy of just hearing how good everything is. “It makes it all worthwhile,” says Dee. “Even though we don’t have much spare time with the operations of two restaurants.” The Kots enjoy going out eat at different places, as well, just to see what’s new.
Coming soon, they will offer buckets of their famous specially-seasoned chicken, and delivery will also be a future option.
So, plan to attend and enjoy on April 7 at 14895 N. State Road, Middlefield (44062). Hours are currently, Monday – Thursday
On Feb. 21, Geauga Vision, Middlefield location, cut a ribbon celebrating the Grand Opening of their new facility located directly across the street from their previous location. (l-r) Bill Blue, Middlefield Council; Nick Giardina, Middlefield Village fiscal officer; John Bruening, owner Geauga Vision; Courtney Munn, operations manager Geauga Vision; Leslie Gambosi-McCoy, Village of Middlefield administrator; Mayor Ben Garlich; Carl Hornung, Middlefield Council; Rick Seyer, past member Middlefield Council; Scott Kline, Middlefield Council; Dick Schill, Middlefield EDC; Dave McDowell, Middlefield EDC.