is expanding into Mattawan with a new 76,300-square-foot rehabilitation and skilled nursing community, Bronson Commons.
Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2013 is expected to open in August of that year, pending necessary approvals from state regulatory agencies it. Official groundbreaking on the project took place June 18.
The facility at 23332 Red Arrow Highway will have 100 private rooms and is located on a 41-acre site next to Van Buren Emergency Medical Services, a not-for-profit ambulance company owned by Bronson.
Bronson Commons will have 150 employees. They will a provide its residents with a wide range of services and programs tailored to meet their individual needs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, wound care, chronic disease management, psychiatry, hearing, podiatry, dental and vision services.
It features separate rehabilitation and long-term care areas. At the heart of the facility is a cafe and dining area designed to be filled with light and provide a welcoming space for residents, their families and visitors to gather.
The new facility will be located part way between Bronson Methodist Hospital in downtown Battle Creek and Bronson LakeView in Paw Paw. Services currently provided at Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lawton will be relocated to Bronson Commons.
"Our residents and staff are very enthusiastic about the development of Bronson Commons,” says Laura Hamann, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center director of extended care.
Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Candice Elders, Bronson HealthCare
Those breaking ground are, from left, Cathy Sunlin, Director of Nursing, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Carol Long, Project Manager, Bronson Properties; Tom Stanek, Project Director, CSM Group; Laura Hamann, Executive Director, Bronson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Mike Way, Sr. VP Supply Chain, Facilities & Real Estate, Bronson Healthcare; Sally Berglin, VP Bronson Healthcare and CEO Bronson LakeView; Bob McGraw, President/CEO, Kingscott Associates; Earl Eddy, Project Director, Kingscott Associates; Eric Kella, Project Manager, CSM Group.