BOUNTIFUL -- Beginning May 1, residents of south Davis County will have another option when it comes to assisted living, long-term care and rehabilitation services.
Avalon Care Center, a 122-bed facility located at 523 North Main Street in Bountiful, will provide for a wider range of health care needs than typically found in most care centers. It's a concept that chief administrator David Bland said is new to Davis County and, really, to Utah.
"There are not many facilities that provide these kinds of services," he stated, "combining a full scale nursing facility with an assisted living center."
Among Avalon's menu of offerings are physical and occupational therapy; a full range of rehab services, long term care, nursing care, hospice services, respite services and home health service along with a "secured" space unit for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
There is also a full line of restorative services for rehabilitative and orthopedic patients.
Residents have their choice of private and semi-private rooms, each with its own full bath and shower, telephone services and cable television. The center also has a library and a private dining room for special occasions.
Joining Bland on staff at Avalon is Dr. Steven Warren, the in-house medical director; Cheryl Holbrook, director of nursing; Mary Ripley, assistant director of nursing; and Julie Hart, admissions coordinator.
"The staff we have here," Bland said, "all have the same dedication toward quality care."
Avalon operates 11 care facilities in Utah and 25 more throughout Arizona, California, Washington and Hawaii. To make certain the quality of clients' surroundings match the care they receive, the firm has gone to great expense to make each location attractive and comfortable.
"It really is a pleasure to work with such an attractive building," Bland said. "I know it will be a pleasing place for people to come and live."
For more information call 951-CARE (2273).
Zions aids Hispanic clients
BOUNTIFUL -- Zions Bank has hired Luis Carlos Soltero as relationship manager and commercial loan officer at the Pete Suazo Business Center, located at 625 West Girard Street in Salt Lake City.
Soltero is responsible for counseling members of the minority small business community through the SBA loan application process. He will also provide training in business and personal finance to clients. Soltero will be supported by Julio Suazo, son of the late Senator Pete Suazo for who the center is named, who was hired by Zions Bank as a commercial loan assistant.
In addition to providing the commercial loan personnel for the Pete Suazo Business Center, Zions Bank is the center's founding sponsor having donated $25,000 for startup expenses when the center opened in the summer of 2003.
Robert Heyn, executive director of the Pete Suazo Business Center, believes Soltero will make financial resources more accessible to entrepreneurs from the Hispanic community and other minority groups.
"By placing a Spanish-speaking loan officer in a setting outside of a traditional bank office," Heyn said, "Zions Bank is sending a message to people that they're willing to meet them on their terms and in their neighborhood to make the process more comfortable."
Active in the local community, Soltero is president of the Small Business Committee of the Chamber of Commerce West and is involved in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is a native of Mexico and holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and electronics engineering from Instituto Technologico in Chihuahua, Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
"I see my role as that of a bridge to close the gap between the Hispanic business community needs and the financial resources available for them," Soltero said. "I look forward to building and maintaining great relationships and customer satisfaction."
For more information call (801) 521-1709.