New Columbia care facility aims to bridge gap after hospital stay

6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago November 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016 Monday, November 28 2016 Monday, November 28, 2016 4:13:00 PM CST in News
By: Ming Ma, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Columbia will soon have a new nursing facility to provide people with a place to live and rehabilitate when they need it. 

Indiana-based Mainstreet Property Group is planning to spend $15.7 million on the 70-bed skilled nursing facility on Berrywood Drive. 

"It's gonna be a step down facility for people who no longer need to be in the hospital, but they still need some on-going care," Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp said.

According to the certificate of need documents, the project is designed for a post-acute care facility to provide "a bridge between hospital and home" for people age 50 and older who live within 20 minutes of the property and "are in need of a strict rehabilitation program."

Boone Hospital Center President Jim Sinek wrote a letter of support for the project saying, "There is a great need for additional facilities for the elderly population in this area."

Rolla Merritt, a resident from Harrisburg, said he always comes to Columbia for medical care, and he believes the new nursing hospital is beneficial for older people in the community. 

"They don't spend enough time, in my opinion, taking care of old people like they should," Merritt said.  

From the application documents, it will be a one floor building with "resort-like features," including a kitchen and private dining room, a large rehabilitation gym, an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard, a movie theater, a game room, a cafe and a pub. All 70 rooms are designed to be private. 

Trapp said hospital care is very expensive, and the new nursing home will help prevent patients from being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of leaving. 

"You know, insurance companies are not allowing people to stay in the hospital as long as they used to," Trapp said. "So we need those lower cost step down facilities to make sure that people get exactly the amount of care they need."

Trapp said the Columbia City Council approved the request to reduce the overall project size from 270,000 square-feet to 50,000 square feet, which will not generate much traffic and preserve more trees in the area.

"It's a win for the neighborhood because they got a less intensity of use for the land, it's gonna generate less traffic that could happened there," Trapp said. 

He added the project will also create job opportunities, which is part of city's strategic plan. Construction is expected to start next month. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens said he prefers a ramped-up House version of a bill to... More >>
10 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 7:04:56 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Some Missouri citizens will be affected by a change coming to the Missouri Rx program. On July... More >>
10 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:59:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Members from Crockett Enginerring Consultants and neighhbors from the Villas at Vintage Falls learned that one rezoning plan... More >>
10 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:42:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri circuit judge said Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office wrote a confusing and... More >>
11 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:54:06 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former Kansas City physician was sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison... More >>
12 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:18:30 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has announced a housing program that would allow guests to rent out rooms in... More >>
12 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Southern Boone School District leaders are trying to crack down on outstanding lunch debts. The school board will... More >>
14 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – MU curators are concerned about finances for plant facility growth. The UM Board of Curators met on... More >>
14 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:02:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Crisis training for emergency dispatchers began Thursday at the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The training was focused... More >>
14 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A heavy police presence on Thursday afternoon in the 200 block of Apple Tree Court has been called... More >>
14 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:47:00 PM CDT in News
NIXA (AP) — After years of delays, construction has begun on what will be the largest solar farm in Missouri.... More >>
15 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:25:32 PM CDT in News
BOONVILLE – From the color, to the size, to the personality, everything is right about Jake. The supervisor at... More >>
15 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:59:58 PM CDT in News
TROY (AP) — A former easte rn Missouri elementary school principal has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for... More >>
15 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:46:13 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Friendly fire is blamed in the injury to a St. Louis police officer. Officers were... More >>
16 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:13:39 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say one man has been killed and another wounded in a St. Louis shooting. ... More >>
16 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:09:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a postal employee from Kansas City has pleaded guilty to stealing mail. The... More >>
16 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:07:40 PM CDT in News
NETTLETON (AP) — A new MFA Inc. grain-handling facility has opened in northwest Missouri, ending a five-year effort to find... More >>
16 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:37:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man is charged with giving a 7-year-old a pack of gum to pose... More >>
17 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:42:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
6am 73°
7am 72°
8am 72°
9am 73°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
King of the Hill

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Originals
8:00p
Riverdale
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld