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Hearing set for nursing care facility at Flower Hospital

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Site plan of existing and proposed development at Flower Hospital. Site plan of existing and proposed development at Flower Hospital.
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Plans to build a nursing care center ProMedica Flower Hospital are set for a Nov. 4 public hearing before the Sylvania City Council.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in council chambers at 6635 Maplewood Ave.

The nursing facility, which will include a rehabilitation aspect, is a joint effort between ProMedica and HCR ManorCare. Plans call for putting the center on the north end of the Flower Hospital campus at 5200 Harroun Rd., near the hospice center and behind the existing barn building which is next to the road.

The site plan was reviewed by the Planning Commission in September and recommended to council for approval. The council could vote on the project after the hearing, at its regularly scheduled 7:30 p.m. meeting on Nov. 4.

At the request of city council, ProMedica has placed markings on the site plan at northern edge of the property to indicate where a future Sylvania River Trail may be constructed, an extension of the trail that runs through Harroun Park. The route of the River Trail across the hospital grounds, however, has not been determined, just proposed starting and ending points for the trail on the campus. Hospital officials have said they prefer the path to be located far north on its campus and to be kept some distance from the the hospice center, but such a route could push the trail into floodplains on the property, making construction of the path more costly.

The nursing center, which the site plan shows to be 64,700 square feet, would replace the multi-story Lake Park building on the south end of the hospital campus. Lake Park will operate until the new facility is completed, which is expected in 2015. The cost of the project has not been disclosed.

The new nursing facility is to be designed to give patients a home-like setting, helping the heal process. It is to have 120 beds, a gym, flat screen TVs, common areas for socializing, a barbershop, and beauty shop. Skilled nurses would be on call 24 hours a day.

HCR ManorCare has built similar medical facilities in Michigan and New Jersey.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.



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