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Countryside Manor celebrates building renovations


Rachel Wynkoop, interim director of the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, along with Chamber Ambassadors, city and county officials and the community helped celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Countryside Manor in Fremont.

Jacob Stern, CEO of Countryside Manor, took ownership in August of 2018 and wasted no time getting down to business. In November of 2018, renovations began on the rehabilitation and nursing facility that is located on Ohio 6, just off Ohio 20, north of Fremont. All three floors of the building received a face lift with new paint, furniture and layout of care wings.

The third floor now features a beautiful sunroom for long-term residents and their family and friends who visit. The sunroom offers views of the surrounding area, which were the working fields of the original Poor House that dated back 1861.

“They took everybody. They took the widows that had nowhere to go, the people off the street. They fed them, housed them, took care of them,” said Erin Dircksen, director of admissions and marketing at Countryside Manor. “It’s still the same concept. We will never turn anyone away. We’ll always figure out a way to make it work, whether the payer source or whatever their clinical needs are, because we’ve been serving people since 1861.”

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Sandusky County Commissioner Scott Miller thanked Stern and his staff for being able to take over the building and give it a bright future in the county.

“We get to carry on the tradition with the efforts and investments they’ve made in this community with this building,” said Miller. “When you get the opportunity to go through, you are going to see that their vision far exceeded our vision. So, as a county, we are pleased we were able to transition this building to a new group of people that can see it into the future and do very well.”

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, staff at Countryside Manor led tours of the building. Appetizers and drinks were provided to everyone who attended the Fall in Love with Countryside event and the Eric Sowers band played outside.


More information about Countryside Manor, and the services they provide, can be found at or by calling 419-334-2602.

The Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County has been serving the business community since 1946. For information about the Chamber, contact 419-332-1591 or visit