Opening a new skilled nursing facility is no easy task, especially at a time when occupancy has yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels. But for Generations Healthcare, the opportunity to fill a gap in one southern-California town’s post-acute care network made building Temecula Healthcare Center a worthwhile investment.
Located just a few minutes from Temecula Valley Hospital, the new 116-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility will focus primarily on post-hospitalization transitional care. As such, its location is intentional and significant.
With 140 private patient rooms, Temecula Valley Hospital, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services Inc., specializes in advanced cardiac services, stroke care, general surgical specialties, and orthopedics. With a 5-Star Medicare Hospital Compare rating, the patient-centered, family-sensitive care center is only looking for high-quality facilities to partner with.
Generations Healthcare — which has more than 30 facilities comprising more than 3,200 beds throughout California — built Temecula Healthcare Center to be that partner, especially when it comes to transitional care.
“We only enter a market and grow if we feel that we can absolutely provide the best in facility services and patient care,” Generations Healthcare’s Jim Geddie, the administrator for Temecula Healthcare Center, told Skilled Nursing News.
As hospital patient volumes start to rise back to pre-pandemic levels, the long-term viability of a SNF will depend in large part on its ability to build and secure hospital referrals from acute care partners. And Geddie isn’t the only one who thinks so.
Earlier this year, AdventHealth — a faith-based, nonprofit health system with 50 hospitals in nine states — told SNN that it started a “Post-Acute Care Collaborative” to find the right post-acute partners for its preferred provider networks.
Coming out of COVID, SNFs must prove that they are the partner that hospitals in their network want and need. Every hospital’s needs are different.
As a preferred partner of Temecula Valley Hospital, Temecula Healthcare Center has specialized programs through which it provides post-hospitalization transitional care, such as orthopedic and stroke recovery, cardiology, advanced wound treatment, diabetic management and management of cognitive conditions.
Together Temecula Healthcare Center and Temecula Memory Care make up a 180-bed Temecula Healthcare Campus, giving SNF residents unique access to memory care and hospital services.
The campus is designed for patients to receive the highest quality of care possible and achieve their best outcomes.
“Through our specialized programs in skilled nursing and inpatient and outpatient therapy, we are able to help our residents achieve the highest level of functional independence,” Geddie said. “Generations Healthcare prioritizes the care of its residents as its top priority. Our greatest success is the ability to help patients recover and be discharged to their homes or a lower level of care.”
Temecula Healthcare Center is one of the few skilled nursing facilities that have been built from the ground up in California in many years and the first in the city of Temecula proper.
“Until now, the only skilled nursing facilities in the area have been located in Murrieta — over eight miles away from Temecula Valley Hospital,” Geddie said. “Residents requiring skilled nursing were being sent to these facilities and as Temecula grew, so did the traffic, and it would take families up to 40 minutes to travel to visit loved ones.”
Geddie thinks Temecula Healthcare Center will have no problem establishing itself in the community.
“Temecula needed its own skilled nursing facility providing superior care to its residents. It needed to be a facility that the hospital could trust and build a relationship with to meet the care needs of the residents of Temecula and the surrounding areas,” he said.
Generations Healthcare’s goal is for Temecula Healthcare Center to provide “hotel-like accommodations,” use “state-of-the-art equipment” and support its community’s needs.