Ground broken for new wing

Construction officially kicked off with an event Monday for Ravine Ridge, a 14,060-square-foot, short-term rehabilitation and transitional care unit in the Skilled Nursing Center at Williamsport Home.

Officials gathered Monday for groundbreaking ceremonies for the project intended to enhance the quality of rehabilitation services.

“We will be able to provide persons from our community an improved quality of life experience during a short term rehabilitation stay,” said Williamsport Home Executive Director Donald S. Pote. “Our goal will always remain to have our rehabilitation residents return to their home or prior living environment as soon as possible.”

Ravine Ridge will include separate inpatient/outpatient entrances, an expanded gym for rehabilitation services, a new kitchen, and office space.

The unit will have 18 private resident rooms, each with a European shower, private telephone and TV. Two of the rooms will enable care for bariatric residents.

The facility is to include a private dining room and introduce a larger beauty shop and an elevator to provide greater accessibility for residents and family to the second floor.

Renovations to the existing nursing center amount to creating additional private dining rooms, another resident dining/family visitation area, and a new nurse station.

While adding private rooms and additional space for equipment, the facility will continue to operate at its 129-bed capacity.

Construction is expected to take 12 to 13 months.

Quandel Construction is providing Construction Management Services.

Primary contractors are Dixon AC & R Corp. Charles Construction, Otis Elevator, RJ Ertel, and Turn Key Electric and Construction.