“We’re really proud and feel fortunate and blessed to add this to Eastgate Village,” Oscar Jarnicki, co-owner of the retirement village, said at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Jarnicki said the approximately $5.5 million rehabilitation center, which will be called The Atlantes, is designed to be a short-stay facility that will feel like a medical resort, rather than a hospital.
“So many people who have had surgery need the structure of short-term rehab and they don’t have it at their own home,” Jarnicki said.
He said the center will be available for anyone who requires rehabilitation after surgery or anyone convalescing after a short period of hospitalization.
Co-owner Mona Jo Trowbridge said the center will offer a variety of amenities and services to guests so they can have a jump start into recovery.
Ron Siebenaler, vice president of construction for The Douglas Company, the contractor for the new rehabilitation center, said the center will be approximately 27,000 square feet with 30 beds, a kitchen, rehabilitation areas, a pool for therapy and more.
“We’ll get started next week hopefully,” Siebenaler said about construction. “We intend to be finished in about seven months.”
The rehabilitation center will be located just in front of the existing retirement center at Eastgate Village.
Jarnicki said the new facility will require approximately 35 additional employees including nurses, housekeepers, dietary workers and more.
Eastgate Village is currently in its 26th year of operation and features both assisted living and independent retirement apartments as well as services for residents.
For more information about the new rehabilitation center, or Eastgate Retirement Village, visit www.eastgatevillage.com.