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NURSING HOME EXPANSIONS OK’d / September 02, 2013
Halifax Regional Health System has won permission to expand its two nursing homes in South Boston and Clarksville and convert the Seasons of the Woodview assisted living home into a nursing home for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Paving the way for the expansions, HRHS gained approval from the Virginia Department of Health to relocate 54 beds that previously had been licensed to South Boston Manor. HRHS purchased South Boston Manor after it closed in April.

The hospital will assign 36 beds to The Woodview in South Boston and remaining 18 beds to Meadowview Terrace in Clarksville. Building expansions at both sites are expected to be complete by mid-2015.

HRHS will demolish South Boston Manor, built in 1966 directly behind the hospital, and while it says the future use of the 2.5 acre site is “under review,” it “likely would be the location for a needed physician medical office building,” according to a hospital statement. A final decision is expected in 2014.

Demolition work at South Boston Manor will begin this month.

HRHS approached the state for two Certificates of Public Need (COPN) to divvy up the 54 South Boston Manor nursing home beds. The first COPN application requested approval to relocate the license for 36 nursing home beds to The Woodview, located in South Boston. With the state’s approval, The Woodview will convert the existing Seasons at The Woodview, an assisted living memory support facility, into a 16-bed nursing facility used to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

The remaining 20 beds “will be accommodated in a newly constructed household for memory support,” according to a HRHS statement.

The second application sought approval to relocate the license of the remaining 18 beds to MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville. With approval, MeadowView Terrace will gain a new household attached to the existing facility, where the 18 beds will be housed.

The expected completion date of the Seasons at The Woodview project is pegged for early 2014. The two new construction projects at The Woodview and MeadowView Terrace have an expected completion date of mid-2015.

All three facilities are owned and operated by HRHS, which recently was acquired by Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare.

In a media statement, Halifax Regional hailed the addition of the 54 nursing home beds, noting that the combination of projects envisioned by the hospital will lead to improved care for elderly residents in settings close to home.

“The goal for these projects is to provide progressive, innovative and compassionate personal care, nursing care, rehabilitation and related services to individuals who are in need of nursing facility services and programming, in an environment and in a manner that will encourage and support optimum quality of care and quality of life, and to provide these services close to the resident’s home where they can be close to family and friends,” said Connie Zamora, director of long-term care services for HRHS.

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