Utility Work

Site work is underway for a 60-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Union.

Located off St. Andrews Drive near South Outer Highway 50, at 1080 Marie Lane, the center will offer long- and short-term care, said Jim Giardina, president of Community Care Centers Inc.

The company operates 17 facilities in Missouri and Illinois, including Meramec Nursing Center in Sullivan.

“There’s definitely a need,” said Giardina, noting there hasn’t been any new skilled nursing facilities built in Union or Washington for quite some time.

The 34,000-square-foot nursing home will employ approximately 60 people.

According to the building permit granted by Union, the facility will cost approximately $6 million to build. Cochran, Union, is the project engineer.

Giardina said the facility will offer a new and modern design, with state-of-the-art equipment, private rooms and bathrooms.

“There’s a lot more modern designs and things you can do for people as they get older,” he said. “We’re filling a void for a higher acuity level of care.”

Half of the beds will be dedicated to longer term care while the other half will be for “rehab to home,” for patients who need rehab after being discharged from the hospital but before they can safely return home.

The nursing home is expected to be completed next summer.

In the future, Giardina said he plans to expand the campus with assisted living and independent living facilities for seniors.

Background

Plans for a skilled nursing facility in Union were underway in 2012 with another regional operator and investor in senior housing properties.

In July 2012, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved the need for a 60-bed facility long-term care in Franklin County.

The Certificate of Need (CON) Program is operated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. The program’s goal is to contain costs, improve quality and increase access for many of Missouri’s major health care services, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The certificate of need was transferred to Community Care Centers.