Health: Winthrop Health & Rehabilitation seeks state approval for $4.2 million renovation project

Health: Winthrop Health & Rehabilitation seeks state approval for $4.2 million renovation project

Winthrop Nursing and Rehabilitation (aka Winthrop Manor Nursing Home) at 12 Chateau Drive is seeking state permission for extensive renovations. (Google image)

Winthrop Health and Rehabilitation has applied for a certificate of need from the Georgia Department of Community Health for a $4.2 million renovation project to its facility at 12 Chateau Drive in Rome. The facility is owned by Floyd County Holdings, LLC and leased by Winthrop Manor Nursing Home, LLC, dba Winthrop Health and Rehabilitation.

According to the CON application, the project is a replacement and reconstruction of the 100-bed existing skilled nursing facility. The number of beds will be reduced to 85, but the 15 additional beds will be retained for relocation at a later date.

Here’s an excerpt from the application on the project description:

The project consists of the addition of Town Square Therapy suite, administrative suite, covered entry, and other ancillary support space. It also includes the replacement and reconstruction of the remainder of the existing building. The existing facility will be reconfigured as appropriate to meet the current and future expectations of the healthcare consumer. The initial concept is to complete the new covered entry and therapy addition construction first and then work with the facility operations to undertake an aggressive phasing plan for the renovation of the remainder of the facility.

The site will be configured with a covered visitor and patient entry into the center. Parking is being configured to allow convenient access for visitors and patients. An existing courtyard will be renovated for use by patients. The project includes exterior landscape enhancements to improve the center’s visibility in the community. We will work with local authorities having jurisdiction to ensure compliance with storm water management practices.

The buildings overall energy efficiency is being carefully evaluated for enhancement opportunities including replacement of some windows with high-efficiency windows, the use of high- efficiency water
heating, HVAC upgrades with high- efficiency equipment, energy recovery management of air exchange, and building insulation. All new construction portions of this project will be designed to meet all energy efficiency codes.

Incorporating decentralized dining allows us to provide a more pleasant dining experience for patients and guests. Living rooms are located closer to the patient rooms to allow for smaller congregation areas and to allow for more focused and individualized resident activities. Bathing facilities are scheduled for complete reconstruction so the center can offer an appealing bathing experience for the patients. Staff offices are positioned throughout the center to allow for support and supervision of patients. Storage spaces are located to increase facility staff operating efficiency as they serve the patients. Patient lift storage is being incorporated strategically to allow for convenient access by staff members to serve patients.

The project includes replacement of the patient nurse call system with modern patient nurse call system. The system will include voice communication to patient rooms as well as staff pagers to quickly notify staff of a patient call. This system enhances the efficiency of the staff in service to the patients. The entire center is being evaluated for enhancements to door security and access.

A team of interior designers will professionally coordinate the interiors throughout the center. Interiors will be coordinated to standards that enhance the overall comfort and appeal to the patients served and will include coordinated colors and lighting enhancements. When the project is complete, there will be a total of 21 private rooms and 32 semi-private rooms. 

A certificate of need is required because the project cost is over the CON threshold. No new health services are planned as part of the project. A decision is expected within the next 60 to 120 days.

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