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Nursing expansion on track to add jobs

SoVaNow.com / December 11, 2013
MeadowView Terrace’s new 18-bed household and therapy gym are expected to add 17 permanent jobs to the Clarksville area when they open in June 2015 as part of an expansion plan approved by the state earlier this year.

After receiving both a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) from the Virginia Department of Health and approval by the facility’s Board of Directors, MeadowView Terrace is moving forward with plans to relocate 18 beds from a shuttered nursing home in South Boston to its facility in Clarksville.

Connie Zamora, director for Long Term Care Services for Sentara/Halifax Regional Health System, which owns MeadowView Terrace, said the cost to add the new housing wing and the gym would be about $3.6 million.

Sentara/HRH sought permission to acquire 54 licensed beds for its two nursing homes —18 beds for MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville and 36 for The Woodview in South Boston — after the health system took over the defunct South Boston Manor nursing home, which closed in February. The state Department of Health approved the transfer of beds in August, and this was followed by the hospital board’s approval in November.

The new hospital beds will be dually certified for both Medicaid and Medicare patients, said Zamora. Currently 76 percent of MeadowView residents have their bills paid by either Medicare or Medicaid.

The 11,205 square foot housing addition will include 18 single-bed rooms, a kitchen/dining room space, laundry facility and community living space. Outside, the unit will have courtyards and covered patio areas for the residents.

Sentara/HRH sought permission to add a 2,986 square foot physical therapy gym to meet both the additional demand for these services and to upgrade equipment at the site. Zamora said they are particularly excited to add a training kitchen to the facility. MeadowView will be able to offer retraining opportunities for stroke and brain injury patients to prepare them to return to independent living.

Future plans for the new gym include the addition of a physical therapy pool and a therapy garden.

Design and construction documents should be complete by March, Zamora said, making way for construction to begin in May, after construction contracts are awarded. Construction work should take about a year to complete.

The design work is being done by SFCS Architects out of Roanoke, the firm that has served as architects for MeadowView Terrace from its inception.

MeadowView Terrace opened in 2001 with 120 beds. Because of demand, the facility added 30 beds in 2010. Even with this addition, MeadowView’s occupancy rate hovers near 98 percent. Two of its units are dedicated to patients with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related disorders. Zamora added that while there are no current plans to add an assisted living facility at or near MeadowView Terrace, it is certainly something her board will be looking at in the long term.

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