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OFFICIALLY OPEN — Administrator Jessica Toth and Mayor Bob Apgar, surrounded by staff, residents and members of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce & Orange City Alliance, cut a ribbon on a new residential facility at Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran in DeLand.

Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran has officially opened a new housing facility that replaces one licensed for half as many beds. Although the first residents moved in during July, a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new assisted living facility was held Nov. 7.

The community, known for years as the Florida Lutheran Retirement Center, started construction of the new, $11.7 million housing facility in summer 2016.

“We went through some delays due to hurricanes,” Administrator Jessica Toth said.

The new building is licensed for 90 beds; the facility is currently set up with 48 assisted living apartments in several floor plans, including studio apartments and one- and two-bedroom models, and 32 private rooms in the Memory Care assisted living unit. It replaces an assisted living facility being torn down that was licensed for 45 beds, Toth said.

Good Samaritan Society-Florida Lutheran offers a variety of services, including chef-prepared meals, housekeeping and transportation services, a professionally managed fitness center for wellness programs and therapy services, enrichment and social activities, and support from well-trained staff.

The campus is at 450 N. McDonald Ave. in DeLand. For more information, call 386-738-0212 or go to www.good-sam.com.