Florida Hospital Opens Standalone Nursing Center; County Takes Over Skilled Nursing Facility in PA

Lehigh County in Pennsylvania will take over the management of daily operations at Cedarbrook Senior Care & Rehabilitation from Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, WFMZ 69 News reported. Good Shepherd was in charge of the daily operations at Cedarbrook’s centers in Fountain Hill and South Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania for the past three years, but decided not to renew its managing contract, the station reported.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to manage Cedarbrook Senior Care & Rehabilitation and to serve the residents of Lehigh County in this capacity for the past three years; however, we feel that it is time to re-focus on our core business and partnerships as well as our nourish our reputation as an international destination for recovery,” Good Shepherd told the radio station in a statement.

Cedarbrook has almost 700 residents, WFMZ noted.

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Florida Health Care System Opens Standalone SNF in Fort Myers

The health care system Lee Health in Florida opened a standalone skilled nursing unit at the Gulf Coast Medical Center on Jan. 2, Business Observer reported.

The facility, geared toward post-acute rehab stays, brings the number of skilled nursing beds operated by the health system to 205; it is the health system’s third such unit.

Former Elementary School Converted into Nursing Home in Pennsylvania

A 56-bed SNF is being built in Cambria County, Penn., in a former elementary school, The Tribune-Democrat reported. The Villa Crest Rehabilitation and Nursing facility, which is owned by Dr. Richard Kastelic, will offer both skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

Kastelic also owns Villa Personal Care in Johnstown, Penn. He told the publication that the goal is to have a continuum of care, and that other development could include personal care and memory units. Michael Kastelic, his son, noted that the original plan had been to build an assisted living home, but Richard Kastelic then decided skilled care was needed.

All the beds will be licensed for Medicare; none will be licensed for Medicaid, the operators told the publication.

SNF in Development in Florence, South Carolina

A SNF with 120-140 beds will be developed in Florence, South Carolina, SC Now Morning News reported. The Florence City Council approved the sale and transfer of a property to Pecan Healthcare Realty, LLC, to replace a facility that is currently operated on a different street.

The land was formerly owned by Young Pecan, a distributor of nuts that gifted the property to the city.

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