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July 26, 2013

Meadowbrook project offers region more beds, jobs

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PLATTSBURGH —

“We need to make sure the business model we plan if feasible economically,” Richards said.

BEDS RESERVED

Of the 80 new beds at Meadowbrook, 54 will be reserved for residents now staying at CVPH Medical Center.

Meadowbrook and CVPH had an initial agreement to move those residents to the James Mann facility once completed, and the two providers will uphold that agreement with the new expansion plans.

Evergreen Valley Nursing Home was also planning to shift its 89 beds to the James Mann facility, but Evergreen will now continue to operate at its current location on South Catherine Street.

‘NEW DYNAMICS’

The community was faced with a shortage in nursing-home beds when Cedar Hedge Nursing Home in Rouses Point closed in 2006, creating a loss of 60 regional beds.

“Not much has changed in terms of community need,” Richards said. “But there are a lot of new dynamics in heath care; we believe this (new project) fits in line with today’s health-care system.”

With 26 open beds at the new facility, Richards said, Meadowbrook will be at full occupancy once the project is complete.

Construction will begin once Meadowbrook receives approval from all local and state permits. Richards believes the project will be completed within two to three years.

JOBS

He expects the project to open as many as 70 new full-time positions at Meadowbrook.

With CVPH transferring 54 senior residents to Meadowbrook, Richards hopes many of the employees at CVPH will apply for openings at Meadowbrook and remain with the residents they have been working with.

“We sincerely respect and value the elderly and value the providers who serve and care for the elderly,” he said.

Meadowbrook currently has about 275 full- and part-time staff members.

“Meadowbrook has earned a great reputation in the community,” Richards said.

“We are looking forward to building on this success during our expansion project and will continue to provide quality health-care services to the community.”

Email Jeff Meyers:jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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