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Suwanee's Annandale Village breaks ground on facility

SUWANEE - A long-time donor to Annandale Village, the Somers family has helped the facility purchase its first bus, and even a horse barn.

But its latest gift, in the name of daughter and sister Amy, is its most substantial.

At a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Annandale celebrated the Amy Somers Center for Continued Care with residents, dignitaries and other officials. The one-story assisted living facility, which will support 16 residents in private and semi-private rooms, was funded through a $2.1 million capital campaign that began in November.

"We wanted to do something substantial for Annandale Village because they've done so much for us, and for Amy," said Lisa Jackson, the sister of the facility's namesake. "We wanted to do something to honor Amy ... and this seemed like a great fit."

Somers is a nine-year resident at the facility and has been supported by three levels of care. The Somers family donated more than $500,000 of the $1,075,000 that's been contributed toward the campaign, said Keith Fenton, chief development officer at Annandale. Fenton added that $130,000 of the total has been accounted for in the last two days.

"It shows the quality of care we provide," Fenton said. "People see that, and respond."

The spark to begin the campaign came in late October when the Georgia Department of Community Health approved Annandale's Certificate of Need Application to expand the services provided to people with developmental disabilities. It was the end of a two-year process that included letters of recommendation from prominent business owners, residents' families and city officials.

When the facility opens in about five months, Annandale will renovate and expand the Laura Grier Center for Special Care, and double the number of residents at the D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing.

"We're thrilled to be a part of it because it means a lot to the community," Jackson said. "It's important for adults with disabilities as they age that they have a place to go."

The facility will be built by Dominy Construction Group.

Annandale was recently recognized for the third straight year by U.S. News and World Report as being among of the top one percent of nursing homes in the country. Last month, it was named the top nursing home in the state.