Special to The Source
Walker Nursing Home was first licensed by the State of Illinois in 1950 for 47 beds. That was the beginning of caring for needy residents, for 65 years. That would be equal to 200,825 days and 4,819,800 hours.
Ada McCombs White’s two sisters, Cora and Janie, were both nurses working in Chicago. They asked their sister, Ada, and her husband, Bill, to investigate any large home that was for sale in Virginia, Ill. Cora and Janie observed a trend of homes in the Chicago area taking care of the elderly who could not live alone. They purchased the Conover house, and with Ada and Bill White’s assistance, converted the house to a nursing home for 47 bed residents. After 5 years, they were unable to continue, Ada and Bill purchased Walker Nursing Home. The State and Federal governments were busy preparing regulations for this new industry. The one that caused many homes to close was in 1971 – 1972 when wooden buildings were not permitted and many other changes were required. Walker Nursing Home planned a 20 bed wing, closing the upstairs of the old brick house. In 1977, a 32 bed addition was added on the south part of the building. The old 1875 house was torn down with many regrets. Walker Nursing Home was licensed for 55 beds. In 1985, a 16 bed wing was added on the front of the building. Every year for 66 years, more rules and regulations are issued. Nursing homes are the second most regulated industry next to nuclear energy.
Ada and Bill kept up with all regulations for 25 years before they deserved a break. Having all the responsibility for 24 hour days is wearing.
Ada and Bill White retired in 1980. George Wm. White took a state test and was licensed a Nursing Home Administrator, as did his sister, Mary White Maddux, who is an R.N. and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. The next generation, George and Sandra’s children are continuing the challenging responsibility. Bryan Wm. White, Assistant Administrator since 1987, and Rachel White Schaddel, Licensed Administrator since 1995 are assuming the many responsibilities.
We have been so fortunate to have caring staff. One R.N. stands out-Barbara Ring, an excellent, caring nurse at Walker Nursing Home for 40 years.
God has been good to us. We praise Him, knowing that we are part of His Plan for our lives