Centers’ $19M Hospital-to-SNF Conversion Moves Forward; $28M Construction in FL

Centers Moves Forward on Hospital Conversion

Nearly five years after buying a defunct hospital in Brooklyn, Centers Health Care is nearing completion on a skilled nursing conversion project.

Formerly St. Mary’s Hospital, the 280-bed facility in the Crown Heights neighborhood had sat vacant since a 2005 bankruptcy, according to a report on the local news site Brownstoner; the Bronx, N.Y.-based Centers then stepped in and bought the property for $19.5 million in 2014.

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But a series of permitting issues delayed the skilled nursing provider’s planned conversion of the site for multiple years, though Brownstoner reports that the project is currently nearing completion. New architect Edward W. Bredow, of the firm SBLM, has also designed a pair of public schools for the New. York City system, Brownstoner reported.

Centers is looking to fill a void in the borough for seniors housing and care.

“There is a need in Brooklyn for more nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” Brownstoner reported. “In 2014, an assisted living facility at 1 Prospect Park West in Park Slope controversially closed. More recently, the Oxford Nursing Home in Fort Greene filed a certificate-of-need application to move their services to East New York.”

The neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights has also seen the planned senior-housing redevelopment of a $200 million building previously owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the publication noted, along with a new property geared toward LGTBQ seniors in Fort Greene.

$28M Rehab Facility Approved in Jacksonville

Health Care Managers Inc. and First Coast Health Ventures received the go-ahead to begin construction on the 116-bed River City Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a report in the Jacksonville Daily Record.

The $28 million project — with a construction cost of $12 million — will open in March 2020, with an even split between private and semi-private beds; all 116 will be dually certified for Medicare and Medicaid, the publication reported.

First Coast Health Ventures has owned the 10-acre site, located near a medical complex operated by University of Florida Health, since 2016, with the groundbreaking delayed by zoning and financial issues.

Health Care Managers operates a pair of other seniors housing and care properties in Jacksonville, according to the Daily Record.

Emerald Takes Over SNF, Memory Care Facility in Oklahoma

Emerald Health Care last month assumed operations of the adjacent Wood Manor nursing home and Autumn Wood dementia care community in Claremore, Okla., according to a report in the Claremore Daily Progress.

The facilities were renamed Emerald Care Center Claremore and Memory Care Center at Emerald, and had star ratings of two and one, respectively, on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Nursing Home Compare website.

The ownership group had previously taken over facilities in Oklahoma City and Midwest City and turned them into five-star properties, the Daily Progress reported.

Written by Alex Spanko

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