Youth earns Eagle Scout badge

Jonathan Franke left a lasting legacy on his way to earning his Eagle Scout badge through the Boy Scouts.

Franke recently completed a raised garden bed that provides not only beauty, but also activity for those on the Broaddus Healthcare Complex and residents of Mansfield Place. He received assistance from fellow Boy Scouts of Troop 63 in Philippi, Rick Carpenter of the maintenance staff and his father, Danny Franke, who is a Broaddus Hospital board member.

“We would like to thank Jonathan for his preparation and hard work to complete this project,” Carpenter said. “We’re honored that he chose our facility to undertake such a worthwhile accomplishment, and I know residents, employees and visitors will enjoy the garden for years to come.”

Franke and Carpenter also expressed their appreciation to Builders Center of Philippi, which supplied materials for the project.

The raised bed will be particularly helpful for residents who enjoy spending time outdoors and working in the garden but are limited in their movement or use walkers or wheelchairs.

“My grandmother, Otilia Franke, was a resident of Mansfield and I’m glad to help enhance the quality of life for those who live here,” Jonathan said. “I know many people who enjoy raising the produce and then enjoying the fruits and vegetables that come from their labor. This will make it easier for them to do what they enjoy and be proud of what they produce.”

Mansfield Place is a 60-bed skilled nursing facility within Broaddus Hospital that combines quality of life and quality of care for residents. For more information call 304-457-8555 or visit