This is a comprehensive plan to address a wide range of facility issues, including space needs, space adjacencies, building infrastructure, and campus access. Many of these projects would need to be done at some point in the near future but we have chosen to look at the overall facility and create a master plan to address our biggest priorities.
Current rooms were built in the early 70’s and weren’t designed to meet the needs of modern patient care. New or renovated rooms will almost double in size and will accommodate current technology, handicap accessible restrooms, ample space for family and visitors and appropriate space for clinical staff and physician needs. Current rooms are 180 sq. ft. while the national average is 300 sq. ft. New rooms are designed with a zone approach including appropriate spaces for the patient, clinical, hygiene and family zones.
Many of the rooms in A. J. Merrick Manor were built over 50 years ago and are in need of significant improvements to address modern patient care needs in a senior living environment. New rooms will address space needs, including handicap accessible restrooms and offer significant energy efficiencies.
This project will help FAMC ensure we remain competitive when it comes to facilities our patients expect and will help ensure we maintain current and future inpatient market share. From a room size perspective this new design will keep us in line with others in the region and on par with the national average. From an overall strategic perspective, we believe our project will put us in a better position than our competitors as our plan will build space appropriate for our inpatient census while also offering flexibility in how the space is used. Many of our competitors in the areas have unnecessarily added additional inpatient beds that current projections do not support.
First, there is a clear need to increase our room size to meet modern patient care needs and to do this we are significantly increasing current room sizes to be in line with the local market and national average. Additionally, given our current footprint limitation and the opportunities to create operational efficiencies in acute care, the best approach calls for two larger floors for inpatient hospital care. Working with two floors of acute care and having the ability to have multiple units within the same hospital floor offers significant efficiencies and new options for patient care. This approach also opens up space and allows us to add the inpatient behavioral health service line, a much need service in our community and service area.
No. We will actually decrease our skilled nursing beds and the overall bed capacity will decrease from 112 beds to 109 beds. The spaces will be used differently and will meet modern patient care needs but we will not grow beyond our existing bed count. Parts of A. J. Merrick Manor will be torn down and rebuilt due to the age and condition of the structure. The newer parts of the current space will be renovated. In the end the space will have larger restrooms, room sizes to meet modern needs along with appropriate support spaces.
Skilled nursing/short term rehab will remain physically located near A. J. Merrick Manor. There will be newly built space, complete with private dining and community rooms, designed to meet specialized needs for short-stay recovery and rehab care.
FAMC has long been planning for this type of project and a longer range financial plan has been crafted to address the financing needs of this project. This project will be paid for through existing cash, long term financing, and future operational cost savings along with additional support from philanthropy from the community. In much of the same way you might finance your home this project will use future earnings to pay for much of this project over a period of time. The timing for the project is good given the market for financing and construction projects. Given the 30 year life we expect from this project and cost savings from new efficiencies this project will essentially cost a million dollars a year – well within the capacity of the FAMC budget.