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Published: Wednesday, 9/4/2013

Sylvania: Plans to be reviewed for new rehab center


The City of Sylvania Planning Commission is to review the plans for a new rehabilitation and nursing center to be built on ProMedica’s Flower Hospital campus.

New plans for the future center were submitted to Sylvania City Council on Tuesday. The project, a collaboration between ProMedica and HCR ManorCare, was initially submitted to the city in 2012, giving a general indication as to where the new building will be constructed.

However, the newly submitted plans outlines the facility at the northwestern corner of the hospital’s campus on Harroun Road, said Tim Grohnke, vice president of Real Estate and Construction for PRoMedica Health System. It is expected to replace its Lake Park rehabilitation facility, which is planned to operate through the construction period, officials said. 

Council recommended the plans be reviewed by the planning commission at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 11. A public hearing is expected to be scheduled in the coming month.

The nursing facility, scheduled to be open in 2015, would house 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. The aim is to provide patients a home-setting where they can heal and regain their strength, eventually returning to their own home, project officials have said.

Part of the collaborative effort has the two companies forming a quality committee with clinical staff from ProMedica and HCR ManorCare to focus on reducing preventable and unnecessary re-hospitalizations, while improving both patient care and satisfaction, officials said in a statement.

HCR ManorCare has built similar medical facilities in New Jersey and Michigan. The construction and building design plans for the Flower site are expected to be solidified once the companies obtain regulatory approval from the Ohio Department of Health, a process that could take up to 12 months.

Council members and project officials attending Tuesday's meeting did not have the square footage or cost of the project.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or

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