By Christin Coyne | email@example.com
A group of local leaders held a dirt-turning celebration Friday afternoon at the Palo Pinto Nursing Center for the facility’s building and remodeling project.
Construction has begun on the 2,300-square-foot addition to the building for physical therapy use.
“This is the first year of our baby-boomers and we want it to be nice,” Kristi Blackwell, administrator, told the group that included State Rep. Jim Keffer, the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce and other health care services professionals, adding they want the facility to be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Brian Kinney, project manager for contractor Jamail & Smith, said they broke ground on the addition about two weeks ago and expect to have the new portion complete by March.
A multi-million dollar renovation of the inside is also planned.
In addition to doing some asbestos remediation, walls, ceilings, plumbing, the air-condition system and the fire sprinkler system in the 1968 building are expected to get a facelift or update, according to Kinney.
“Everthing that you see is going to be new,” Kinney said.
They will be doing the renovation a wing at a time and expect to have the project complete by August.
“It will add another dimension to therapy service,” Melissa Collier, head of therapy, said of the addition.
They currently operate out of a small room and often have to get creative to meet patients’ needs, Collier said.
“It’s going to allow us to focus on the patient rather than where [we’re doing it],” Collier said.
The new addition will also come with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment and a space to allow them to focus on more functional aspects, according to Collier.
A model kitchen and bedroom will allow them to work with patients at the facility to perform functions they currently work on at home with a patient.
“We’re going to feel like we’ve busted out into a mansion,” said Paula Clifton, regional director for Palo Pinto Nursing Center.
By Christin Coyne | firstname.lastname@example.org
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