CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Manorhouse Retirement Centers said it has received approval from the Charlotte City Council to build a $9 million assisted-living facility in the city. Construction of the 125-bed facility is expected to begin this summer. Manorhouse operates four assisted-living facilities and has 14 others under construction or in development. The company said it plans to operate 26 facilities by 1999. The development plan calls for construction on 10 facilities to begin this year and on 12 in 1998.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-West Virginia health officials said an emphasis on outpatient care and advances in treatment technology have steadily eroded hospital occupancy rates in the state since 1980. Short-term or acute-care occupancy rates at the state's hospitals were 44.3% in 1995, compared with 49.1% in 1990 and 69.7% in 1980, according to the state Health Care Cost Review Authority. Figures also showed the number of licensed beds for acute care fell to 8,442 in 1995 from 8,931 in 1992. The average number of patients in those beds decreased to 3,744 from 4,331 in the same period, the authority said. Among the state's 56 general hospitals, 20 showed occupancy rates of less than 30% in 1995, and 38 had rates of less than 50%. Logan (W.Va.) General Hospital had the highest occupancy rate, 72.2%. Richwood (W.Va.) Area Medical Center had the lowest, 9.7%. Charleston Area Medical Center administrators project that 500 to 550 beds will be needed in the area by 2005. Currently, three Charleston-area hospitals have 1,413 beds licensed for short-term care.
LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C.-Atlanta-based GranCare said it has entered the North Carolina market with its purchase of Premier Living HealthCare Center in Lake Waccamaw for undisclosed terms. GranCare said it has signed a 10-year renewable lease agreement with the 142-bed skilled-nursing facility. Premier reported 1996 revenues of $5 million. GranCare said it is targeting the Southeast for expansion. The company operates 141 skilled-nursing, subacute and assisted-living facilities in 16 states and 12 home-care agencies in four states.
ORLANDO, Fla.-National HealthCare, a Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based long-term-care company, said it has opened a new $9.1 million facility in Orlando. The company said the facility will provide skilled-nursing care and inpatient and outpatient speech, physical and occupational therapy. National HealthCare operates 107 long-term-care centers, 33 home-care programs, and four independent- and assisted-living centers through 10 locations.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine has opened a $37.6 million geriatric inpatient rehabilitation center. J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation will offer a comprehensive range of services for elderly patients in one location. Its 128-bed inpatient unit will provide acute and transitional care for illnesses such as stroke, orthopedic procedures, respiratory infections and malnutrition. Its rehabilitation unit will help patients with multiple trauma, brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, joint replacement, multiple sclerosis and other disabling conditions. In addition, the center will help patients coordinate their long-term-care and home-care needs. Its psychiatric unit will offer services for treatment of depression and dementia.