$65M Skilled Nursing Facility Planned for California; $30M Vets Center Gets Grant

 Whittier Health Network Completes 123-Bed SNF in Massachusetts

Nauset Construction announced the completion of the 123-bed Port Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility owned and operated by Whittier Health Network in Newburyport, Mass.

The project’s completion was first reported by Boston Real Estate Times.


The 62,000 square-foot replacement facility was completed in fall of 2017, with site improvements and changes — including the demolition of the old building on the site — finished this past spring; it was designed by Ranere Associates Inc. The facility provides long-term residential care, short-term physical rehabilitation, and sub-acute care services.

$65M SNF Coming to Clovis, California

Community Medical Centers in California is planning a $65 million skilled nursing facility near the Clovis Community Medical Center in Clovis, Calif., The Fresno Bee reported.


The SNF will have 150 beds and will be designed for patients in need of extended medical care, including rehabilitation services. Most of Fresno County’s skilled nursing beds are in constant use, Michelle Von Tersch, vice president of communications and public affairs for Community Medical Centers, told the Bee.

The facility is expected to open by fall of 2021, with construction to begin next summer. The 96,000-square-foot building will have 90 skilled nursing beds and 60 sub-acute beds. According to hospital officials, the average stay will be less than 30 days for most patients.

The county has an occupancy rate of more than 90% for skilled nursing beds, while the surrounding five-county area has occupancy of more than 85%, according to statistics from the Office of Statewide Health, Planning, and Development.

Freeborn County Board Approves Grant for 72-bed SNF for Veterans

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners approved a $15,000 grant for the construction of a 72-bed veterans SNF in Preston, Minn., the Albert Lea Tribune reported.

The SNF, which will cost more than $30 million, is expected to serve 15 counties and will be the only one of its kind in southeast Minnesota. Federal, local, and state sources are expected to cover construction costs; the federal government is expected to match local and state contributions on a two-to-one basis, according to the publication.

In May, the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton allocated $10.2 million in state bond funds. The city of Preston was expected to purchase 15-acre site for $210,000 and donate it to the project while pledging an additional $360,000 in cash; Fillmore County offered $350,000 in cash.

Written by Maggie Flynn

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