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Center For Rehabilitation Groundbreaking at RiverWoods

Apr 23, 2015 12:15PM ● Published by Erica Shames

A public groundbreaking ceremony will mark the beginning construction of the Center for Rehabilitation and Transitional Care at RiverWoods Nursing Care Center. The building will resemble a small home and will be connected to the nursing care center near the location of the current main entrance. After the new rehabilitation building is completed, ‘A Wing’ will be razed. The event is slated for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7 at RiverWoods Senior Living Community, 3201 River Road.

The new center will mark the first of three structures to be built in the coming years, replacing the oldest wings of the nursing care center with state-of-the-art facilities. It will be designed to enhance the mission of Albright Care Services—offering the highest quality of resident care—by providing rehabilitation and transitional care services aimed to help both short- and long-term residents recuperate safely and efficiently under the care of a knowledgeable and responsive staff.

The center will take approximately a year to complete. The main entrance will be closed during construction. All residents and guests will be asked to use the entrance on the north side of the building.

Hepco Construction Inc., of Selinsgrove, was the successful bidder and has been awarded the contract to construct the new facility. Hepco was founded in 1969 and has completed hundreds of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential building projects, including Degenstein Community Library in Sunbury, Playworld Systems in Lewisburg and Weis Music Center at Bucknell University. At RiverWoods, Hepco most recently completed the Stanton Dining Room in Riverview Manor, which opened last February.

In addition to the construction of the new buildings, the nursing care center is receiving significant remodeling inside and outside. Hepco is in the process of replacing the nursing care center’s roof with a modern mansard roof that includes the addition of dormers to enhance the exterior of the building. Residents will experience improved natural lighting and more spacious rooms provided by new, energy-efficient bay windows and built-in, energy-efficient heating and cooling units.  Renovations include updated nursing stations, creating a better environment for staff to care for residents. ‘E Wing’ has received these renovations and similar updates are scheduled for ‘F Wing’ beginning in 2016.

RiverWoods offers a full continuum of care, including residential and personal care, skilled rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. The facility is owned and operated by Albright Care Services, a faith-based non-profit organization. For more information visit www.riverwoods.org.

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