Vincentian home in McCandless halts admissions
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The Vincentian Regency nursing home in McCandless has stopped admitting new patients as its parent agency reviews options for the long-term care facility's future.
Robin Weber, a spokeswoman for Vincentian Collaborative System, said the 143-bed nursing home on Babcock Boulevard has "potentially substantial" needs in terms of renovation after 46 years of operation.
The system's officials are studying whether to invest in an upgrade there and at the nonprofit agency's other buildings, and she said they felt it would be best for patients' comfort if admissions at Vincentian Regency were temporarily suspended in the meantime.
"We're looking at major capital improvements across the system, and that building is in need of renovation," Ms. Weber said. "We're analyzing all of our options for all of our facilities, from architectural and structural and engineering standpoints."
One of the system's three other skilled nursing facilities, the nearby Vincentian Home on Perrymont Road, was recently modernized with the addition of private rooms. The agency also operates Vincentian De Marillac in Stanton Heights and Marian Manor in Banksville.
Ms. Weber declined to divulge how many beds are presently occupied at Vincentian Regency, which she said has 220 employees and was last renovated in 1995. She would not address the extent to which closing the facility was being considered as an option but said no employees had been laid off in relation to the halt to admissions.
"The health care industry is rapidly changing," she said. "Like any other health care organization, we're looking at options and where we want to make our investments for the future, and we want to make sure we make the right decisions."
First Published June 28, 2012 5:43 am