Expansion under way at skilled nursing facility

2013-01-16T13:00:00Z 2013-01-17T10:03:04Z Expansion under way at skilled nursing facilityBy Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | A $2 million expansion is underway at a Munster skilled nursing facility.

Hartsfield Village, 10000 Columbia Ave., is adding six private rooms above a new, 1,755-square-foot, state-of-the-art physical therapy gym, said Susan Tipton-Huttel, administrator of Hartsfield Village Nursing Care.

The gym will feature working appliances in a kitchenette, laundry area and bathroom, where residents can work with therapists to regain the skills they need to live independently.

"It helps with the occupational therapy training," Tipton-Huttel said.

Many residents in the skilled nursing area of Hartsfield Village are there for short-term rehabilitation as they recover from surgery. The therapy helps them transition home or to a lesser level of care.

The facility had a physical therapy room, but it was too small for the community's growing needs, said Tim Nix, executive director of Hartsfield Village.

"We just recognized the importance of providing that therapy service," he said.

July 1 is the targeted completion date for the expansion, he said. VOA is the project architect, and Gariup is the construction company for the project. 

Hartsfield Village is a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory support in addition to the skilled nursing area.

It sits on a 38-acre campus, leaving plenty of buildable land to expand, Nix said.

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