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Touching Lives for Over Forty Years

 In 1978 the hard work of a group of dedicated community leaders culminated in the opening of Cortland Acres Nursing Home. Their commitment of providing a better quality of life for their neighbors and families inspired them to create a special long-term care facility. Four decades later, this commitment remains steadfast.


“Helping people age in healthy, affordable, and

meaningful ways”


Over the past forty years 1,900 residents have been served by Cortland Acres’ nursing home. But there is so much more to Cortland's’ impact than sheer numbers - - each resident has a special story, a unique history and a time in life when their path intersected with Cortland’s. 

People choose Cortland for many reasons. To those in Tucker County, it is close to home. To those from distant counties and even states, Cortland’s reputation and the quality of its services make the move worthwhile. As more and more people look at the ratings of their health care providers, it’s worth mentioning that Cortland is consistently ranked high within the “U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes” report and possesses a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS).

“Cortland Acres is Tucker County’s Best Kept Secret”


Those are the words of the late George Smith of Parsons. For many years George and his wife Mariwyn owned and operated McClain Printing Company and The Parsons Advocate. In their later years, they looked and found a retirement community at Cortland Acres that met their needs as well as provided assurance of additional care when needed. They were able to transition through the various facilities at Cortland with ease.

Worry-Free Living


What began in 1978 as a nursing home is steadily evolving into a full service retirement community. Complimenting the nursing home component are the residential retirement communities of Pineview Apartments and The Pines. In response to individual needs and interests, The Pines and Pineview offer a number of options including a variety of floor plans and square footage; where individuals also choose between equity ownership and rental agreements. Amenities such as lawn care and snow removal, all interior and exterior maintenance, and appliance repair and replacement are handled by Cortland's’ full-time maintenance staff. Also included are 24-hour emergency health care call service, community social events and priority nursing service. In addition, residents may select from a range of  add-on services that include transportation, meal delivery, and housekeeping. To date, these senior living options have served over one hundred and eighty residents.


Staying Ahead Of The Curve

Cortland is a non-profit organization and has always had a progressive Board of Directors. These volunteers give of their time to learn of new trends in the industry and best practices being implemented around the world to raise the satisfaction of those being served. 

That’s why Cortland was one of the first nursing homes in West Virginia to construct a dedicated memory care unit and the second nursing home in West Virginia to offer restaurant-style dining service. While studies show everyone likes to have choices, few nursing homes have made the effort to implement a restaurant-style dining experience.

Getting You Back On Your Feet 

With changes to health care regulations, nursing homes began to see an increase in the need for short-term care for residents who had experienced trauma such as an  automobile accident or a fall. They may also be the first stop for a person after an elective procedure such as a knee or hip replacement. In recognizing the needs of these residents, Cortland’s Board of Directors approved the construction of one of the most comprehensive and uniquely designed short-term rehabilitation units, the Blackwater Short-Term Rehab Center. The unit contains large private rooms in a home-like setting, complete with private dining room and great room with fireplace.

Cortland’s current outpatient therapy center opened in 2005 and since that time, over three thousand outpatients have received occupational, speech or physical therapy. A large Endless therapy pool augments the many treatment regimens. 


Life Re-Imagined

Home to the office of Dr. Dana Nugent, Mt. Top Clinic, Mt. Top Pharmacy and Tucker County EMS, Cortland has grown from the original five-acre plot to a sprawling thirty-five acre campus. A large high tunnel / greenhouse provides  therapeutic and wholesome opportunities for campus residents who want to grow their own vegetables, flowers and herbs. And with a shortage of affordable rental housing in the area, Cortland constructed studio apartments available to traveling employees.

The Art of Giving

Throughout the years, the dream to serve the community continued to grow. In 2011, the Cortland Foundation was formed as a 501(c)3 organization. It’s mission is “To secure resources to enhance the health and well-being of the Cortland community.”


Foundation members cultivate relationships and organize events to help expand services. They recognize that so much more can be   accomplished through the impact of philanthropic gifts.


Our future is defined by what we do today


Cortland Acres is a direct reflection of its civic minded, committed and tenacious founders. What Cortland has become in the past forty years is only half of the story. A conservative estimate puts Cortland’s cumulative economic impact to the region’s economy at over a  quarter of a billion dollars. The current leadership continues to look forward, incorporating new technology, empirical data and best practices to guide its vision...Vision 2030: Leading The Way. A testament of God’s direction and blessing on this organization.

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