By Kelsey Richards
Richland County officially started construction on the Pine Valley Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility on Thursday, June 25, with a groundbreaking ceremony. Richland County Board members, Richland Center City Council members, Pine Valley Trustees, residents and staff came together to celebrate the facility improvements with golden shovels in hand.
Richland County has been operating a county owned nursing home for 137 years, and the upcoming renovations and expansions to the Pine Valley facility will allow the skilled nursing facility to continue to serve county residents. Jeanetta Kirkpatrick, Richland County Board Chairperson, stated, “Richland County has a strong history – a 137 year history – of providing services for those in need in the county. This project means that history will continue. This project provides a state-of-the-art facility for the taxpayers who have faithfully paid their property taxes for so many years.”
The facility upgrades will benefit current and future residents, and also allows Pine Valley to continue to provide jobs for 150 full and part-time employees.
Pine Valley’s expansion would not have been possible without the many months of planning the New Facility Construction Oversight Committee completed. Nearly a year ago, the committee began meeting with Eppstein Uhen Architects and CG Schmidt Construction to find the most economical plan that would best position Pine Valley for the future.
“Every part of the project was reviewed and reviewed again before the next step was taken,” said Pine Valley Trustees Chairman Fred Clary. “The end result is that we’re going to have a high quality, resident friendly, efficient building built to last that all of Richland County will be able to enjoy for years to come.”
The diligence and dedication of the Construction Oversight Committee were repeatedly honored at the event. The subcommittee met over 30 times to plan the facility improvements. Often these meetings would last for three to five hours.
Their hard work has resulted in a new facility that will improve efficiency and expand operations while repurposing portions of the existing building. Eighty skilled nursing beds will be available and the continuum of care will expand by offering 16 assisted living beds. All residents will have private rooms and bathrooms in a residential, neighborhood style design.
CG Schmidt Construction is currently engaging subcontractors for the project. If interested, please contact the CG Schmidt Madison office at (608) 255-1177.
For more information on the project, please visit the new Pine Valley website, www.pinevalleyhealthcare.org.