Health provider plans $11.2M construction project
A health care provider along the lakeshore is planning an $11.2-million renovation and expansion project to enhance its delivery of nursing home, rehabilitation and dementia services.
The Oceana County Medical Care Facility in Hart is participating in a public hearing this Thursday at the Hart City Hall Community Center, at 407 State St., at 2:00 p.m. to receive feedback on its proposed project.
Greg Wilson, administrator at Oceana County Medical Care Facility, said the project addresses the organization’s renovation needs and would provide better care for residents.
“I think this is going to be a significant addition to our health care system in Oceana County,” Wilson said. “We are preparing the facility for the next 40 to 50 years caring for people with Alzheimer’s and meeting their needs. It is designed so that we can better meet the needs of those people who ask for and need a person-centered care.
Designed by the West Michigan-based architecture firm TowerPinkster with project manager Rob Courter, the project includes the renovation and expansion of the facility’s current amenities: expansion of the residents’ main dining room; upgrade part of the existing building originally built in 1965; construction of 16 rooms to the northeast side of the building; and creating 17 additional rooms to the special care Alzheimer’s unit.
Currently, the facility has 18 beds in its special care Alzheimer’s unit, and it has a long-standing waiting list with more than 25 people needing care.
“There are actually a couple of aspects that we are dealing with,” Wilson said. “We have an older building that needs to be torn down and rebuilt. It was built back in the mid 60s, and it is going to be 50 years old.
“We are also trying to create some more private space, since that is really what seniors are asking for when they go into nursing homes. When we are all done, most of the rooms in the facility will be private rooms.”
Another aspect of the project includes the facility’s rehabilitation wing, which focuses on short-term outpatient care.
Although the health care provider has offered rehabilitation services for years, Wilson said the project incorporates developing facility space solely for patients receiving care and returning home.
“We have been doing rehab in this facility forever,” Wilson said. “It is going to be a more focused area for short-term rehab. It is going to have its own dining room, its own activity room and private rooms with showers. We are seeing people who are coming in for short-term rehab don’t generally want to be mixed in with the resident population and just want to come in, get their rehab and go home.”
Financing for the $11.2-million facility is anticipated to come from a variety of sources: organizational funds, community fundraising and grant funding.
The organization has roughly half of the $11.2 million available from saving funds over the years and is pursuing a $2-million grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
“We are working with the Oceana community foundation to help us facilitate the fundraising, and we have also hired a private grant writer to help us with the fundraising efforts and help us write the grant for the Weinberg Foundation,” Wilson said.
If the project receives Certificate of Need approval, Wilson said the organization is hoping to break ground in December, with building and renovation anticipated to last about 27 months.
The construction for the project will be handled by Christman Company in Lansing.
The Oceana County Medical Care Facility employs a range of staff members to provide 24-hour care for residents and patients: licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, social work professionals, diet technicians, physical therapists, speech therapists and massage therapists.