Nursing Home Plans Moving Forward
Franciscan Care Services (FCS) is moving forward with plans to construct a new nursing home in West Point.
Jerry Wordekemper, President/CEO, said the board and administrative team have made a great deal of progress since the announcement to construct a new nursing home was made last April.
“Our staff has been hard at work. We have toured nursing homes, visited with experts in the nursing home field and have selected our general contractors and architect,” said Wordekemper. “We’ve made sure we have the best information available so we can design a facility that truly meets the needs of our area seniors now and into the future.”
“We have come to a consensus to build the new nursing home on the property we own north of the hospital,” said Wordekemper. “The area is more than adequate in size, allows ample parking, and will be very convenient for the residents and visitors. A trip to the doctor’s office will be right across the street.”
Wordekemper said the board has approved the purchase of nursing home bed licenses needed to operate the facility. The plan is to open in 2017 with approximately 50 beds.
Sister Laura Wolf, President of Franciscan Sponsored Ministries said, “For well over a century, we have been providing quality, compassionate health care to people in and around West Point. We are proud to be a part of this community and are excited about extending our services to those needing long-term nursing home care. In 1905 we addressed a critical need by opening St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged. It’s gratifying to think that 110 years later we remain committed to meeting the community’s needs.”
Bill Kreikemeier, Chairman of the Board of FCS, believes this project deserves and needs the financial support of our community. Kreikemeier said, “Both the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation and St. Joseph’s Retirement Community Foundation have agreed to work cooperatively to raise funds for the construction of the facility. This is a very mission driven project to give our area seniors the care and home they deserve. There will be a fundraising event during 2016.
Holland Basham Architects (HBA) from Omaha has been selected as the architect firm. MS Construction from West Point and Beckenhauer Construction from Norfolk will be the general contractors for the project. They jointly built the recently completed St. Francis Memorial Hospital south tower addition.
Wordekemper concluded by adding, “We want to let the public know we are working diligently to meet the goal of providing a senior care facility the community wants and deserves. There has been a lot of interest in this project and how we can best care for our seniors for years to come.”