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Cumberland County officials set to kick off nursing home work

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Cumberland County officials will launch a nearly $2.9 million renovation project April 21 to create a short-term rehab wing at the Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Middlesex Township.

The renovation is expected to be completed within eight to 10 months. A new rehab wing "will allow Claremont to admit short-term residents to one designated area that will more efficiently meet the needs of their conditions," commissioners said in a news release.

After a public bidding process, the commissioners awarded contracts to East Coast Contracting of New Cumberland, general contractor; Jay R. Reynolds Inc. of Willow Street, plumbing; and Midstate Mechanical/Electrical of Dillsburg, HVAC and electrical contracts, Commissioner Gary Eichelberger said.

The additional rehab services are projected to increase CNRC's net revenues by approximately $480,000 a year, the release said. The goal is to enhance the long-term financial viability of the nursing home while not raising taxes to do it, commissioners added.

The renovation will help CNRC remain competitive with private facilities, the release stated. The state-of-the-art rehab unit will help provide therapeutic nursing care for residents with a variety of needs.

CNRC has received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the release said.

Karen DeWoody, CNRC administrator, said safeguards have been taken to ensure no interruption of services at the facility during the renovation process.

The April 21 ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and the public is invited. Tours of the facility will follow the short ceremony at 1000 Claremont Road.

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