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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Renovated Paul Oliver Facility Also Receives a New Name

Renovated Paul Oliver Facility Also Receives a New Name
Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Center’s new look results from legacy gift

A legacy of Karolina Holtrey’s foresight and care for the Frankfort community continues to benefit the lives of others.

Her $250,000 legacy gift, bequeathed shortly before her death in 2000, helped fund the most recent $300,000 renovation and redecoration at the newly renamed 39-bed Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Center.

“We chose the words ‘Living Center’ because our elders continue to ‘live’ with us in a home-like environment that emphasizes quality of life,” said Jim Austin, president of Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. “It also is a ‘Rehabilitation Center’ that allows area residents who require short-term stays to be close to home and take advantage of our excellent rehabilitation staff who are associated with Munson Rehabilitation Services.”

Austin said he believes if Karolina Holtrey were alive today, she would be pleased to see how her gift to the hospital continues to make an impact in the lives of Benzie County residents.

 Karolina was the wife of Nelson Holtrey, who pioneered underwater construction at Leudtke Engineering in Frankfort. Their daughter, Carolyn, was born in 1933 and was raised at the family home at the end Park Street in Frankfort with a commanding view of Lake Michigan. Carolyn, who graduated from Frankfort High School, went on to the University of Michigan and had a career working in analytical chemistry at Parke-Davis, which later became Pfizer Inc.

Carolyn Holtrey built her own estate and died in 1999, a year before her mother. Karolina worked with a local attorney, Catherine Wolfe, and created a plan to leave a legacy that would benefit the community. She left $250,000 each, to be held in an endowment, for Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, the Maples, and Frankfort United Methodist Church.

“Earnings from our gift have greatly benefited our long-term care residents,” Austin said.

Residents enjoy rooms that they may decorate, a Lake Michigan view, outside deck, beautiful dining room, and a philosophy of care called the Eden Alternative that encourages elders to express themselves and grow emotionally, as well as spiritually.

“We continue to appreciate the gift the Holtrey family left to our community,” Austin said. “Even in future years it will continue to positively impact the quality of life we’re able to offer our residents at Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Center.”

The Holtrey endowment at Paul Oliver is administered by the Paul Oliver Foundation. For more information about the foundation or to make a gift, call (231) 352-2266. To learn more about the Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Center, call (231) 352-2208, or email