New senior healthcare center coming to 280

A new “post-acute continuum of care” campus for senior adults will be built on Cahaba River Road behind The Colonnade. Illustration courtesy of Brookwood Medical Center.

A “post-acute continuum of care” campus for senior adults will soon be built on 14 acres near the Colonnade. Patchwork Farms will combine a new 120-bed nursing facility, a 30-bed rehabilitation hospital, and a 16-bed geriatric psychiatric unit in an innovative approach to treating senior adults requiring professional care following hospitalization.

Brookwood Medical Center and Northport Holding, LLC are collaborating on the campus; each is constructing a new building on its respective 7-acre parcel.  Northport will build and operate the nursing facility. Brookwood will build and operate the facility containing the post-acute rehabilitation unit and the geriatric psychiatric unit.

The center will be located on Cahaba River Road between the Colonnade and Highway 280.

The new post-acute model seeks to optimize patient recovery and minimize patient inconvenience following major hospital visits and procedures among an increasingly aging population.

“The service area for Patchwork Farms, which is essentially the Highway 280 corridor to Shelby County, has a large and increasing population of people aged 65 and older,,” said John Burchfield, vice president of Northport Holding, LLC.

“We expect the 65 and older population to increase more than 17 percent by 2016, and that means the demand for skilled nursing and rehabilitation care will only increase.”

The development will result in a total economic impact of more than $66 million for the metro region during year one of the construction period and year two of operation, according to University of Montevallo business professor Dr. Stephen Craft. During year one alone, the economic impact of the construction of the facilities will generate $48,038,545 in total new economic output in the metro region, $15,102,232 in new earnings, and 456 new jobs.

Northport Holding will relocate 120 of the beds it has purchased from Jefferson County’s Ketona nursing home.  Ketona is slated for closing once Patchwork Farms is operational.

“We see Patchwork Farms as an ideal component in what we call the ‘post-acute continuum of care’ for senior adults,” said Brookwood Medical Center President and CEO Garry Gause. “Patchwork Farms is another huge move in Brookwood’s commitment to patient care along the Highway 280 corridor.  We believe it fully complements our new Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast facility, which is very close to Patchwork Farms, as well as our plans for the state’s first-ever Free Standing Emergency Department at the intersection of Highway 280 and Highway 119.”

Gause said that construction on Patchwork Farms should be complete within a year of receiving regulatory approvals.

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