BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan has begun construction of a new rehabilitation and nursing centre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, reported Grand Rapids Business Journal.

The new centre will replace the existing continuing care centre situated at 750 Fuller Ave. NE.

Once operational, it will accommodate 120 long-term residents in a combination of semi-private and private rooms.

A further five beds will be earmarked to acute hospice care.

It will also feature an on-site dialysis centre besides offering therapeutic programmes such as art therapy.

BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan senior vice president of hospital and post-acute operations Chad Tuttle was quoted by the media outlet as saying: “I am most proud of how this center will impact the lives of people, helping them live a healthy and active life to the greatest extent possible.

“We are fortunate to have many dedicated team members come with us from our Fuller location to our new centre. They are some of the most talented and compassionate professionals I’ve ever worked with.”

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Designed by architecture and engineering firm Progressive AE, this 94,000ft2 centre will be built by The Christman Company.

It is scheduled to open in spring 2024.

This project was given a special land use permit by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission as well as secured support from the Kent Community Health Foundation.

The new facility will feature spaces particularly to make residents feel like home, with all living spaces on one level and providing easy access to the outdoor courtyards.

The patients will be attended by a care team all the time to provide care and companionship.

BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan president Dr. Darryl Elmouchi was quoted by the business journal as saying: “Our communities will have an essential resource in this modern facility.

“This is a place that not only offers residents and their families the highest quality medical care, but also provides spaces that support what we value — compassion and humanity through long-term care and hospice care in our dedicated hospice unit.”