07 Jan One Step Closer to a NEW Nursing Facility
Geer Village Senior Community is thrilled to announce that Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was among the 92 awardees and will receive $2.2 million to provide initial funding for the construction of a new skilled nursing facility from the State of CT, Office of Policy & Management.
On January 3, 2019 Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that approximately $30.8 million in state grants are being awarded to 92 nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut as a part of the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program, which assists organizations with the costs associated with one-time infrastructure improvements that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the organizations.
The current Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was built in 1969 and is licensed for up to 120 people for acute nursing care & short-term rehabilitation. Significant changes in the industry have occurred since the facility opened and although Geer consistently is rated a 4 or 5-star facility for the quality of the care, the lack of modern facilities and an aging infrastructure are a struggle. The complexity of patient care, the type of equipment and patient expectations have all changed, while the facility has not.
Extensive planning determined that the cost of renovating the existing facility would not achieve the desired efficiencies and meet the long-term needs of patients. In June 2018 Department of Social Services approved a Certificate of Need which provides permission to build of a new facility. The new facility is expected to cost between $22 to $27 million dollars and is still in the early stages of development and financing.
“This has been a dream for quite a while and while this is exciting news it is also just the beginning of an intensive process to make the dream a reality. We are extremely thankful for everyone that helped to make it happen.” said Kevin O’Connell, CEO. “We will continue to need the input and support from the community and look forward to working together for the health the northwest corner.”