Senior Behavioral Health Hospital
Dear Catholic Care Center Family, Friends, and Guest,
We have just launched an exciting new project at Catholic Care Center, we have begun work on a new Senior Behavioral Health Hospital that is scheduled to open at Catholic Care Center in June 2023. This new hospital will allow us to serve seniors experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological issues with the same compassion, dignity, and faith-centered approach that Catholic Care Center has been known for over the past 30 years.
Follow along with our weekly updates below.
December 2022 Update
In December the project continued despite some very cold days! In the new Meadows, the drywall is hung and they are working to complete the mudding and taping of the boards. This phase of the project is on schedule for its March completion and we are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see the finished space. In the Senior Behavioral Health hospital the framing is completed and the process of hanging the drywall has begun. It’s hard to imagine that in a few short months, we will have the pleasure of welcoming seniors to this new extension of our ministry and we are so excited!
November 2022 Update
In November, the progress on the new hospital was easy to see as the framing continued on the connecting corridor took shape and the drywall continued inside both Meadows and the behavioral health hospital. Additional work was done on the selection of the interior finishes including beds, furniture, and wall murals. Next month they will work to connect utilities to the systems of the main building and look to continue work on the corridor, weather permitting.
October 2022 Update
Work has moved inside, for the most part, this month, despite the unseasonably warm weather. Most of the ductwork and wiring is completed and drywall will begin soon. The renovation continues in the Meadows which is also on track for its completion target. The team is very excited to see the space take shape and better understand how the environment will be used to provide care.
September 2022 Update
The connection corridor is really starting to take shape, the foundation is poured and the metal framing for the walls has gone up. The Catholic Care Center Board of Directors had the opportunity to tour the new space before the September meeting. They looked at how the hospital is laid out in the former Meadows location and where supportive services like pharmacy and physician teams will office in the hospital.
August 2022 Updates
Weekly Update – August, 16th, 2022
This week construction will begin on the connecting corridor, the stakes are set to show where it will be built. Inside the building the crew has finished moving the plumbing system and they are working to move the HVAC system to accommodate the new floorplan. A drop in temperature this week will help create a better working environment since currently there is no air conditioning in the space.
Already with the relocation of these systems you can start to see the new room design coming to life and it is exciting to realize the amount of space and personalized care that patients will enjoy with each private room having its own shower.
Weekly Update – August, 9th, 2022
Even with most of our project being enclosed inside the main Catholic Care Center building, weather does still impact the project in some areas. The site work that was done to level out the ground and make way for the connecting corridor has a few inches of standing water due to recent rainfall. In light of this, the concrete workers are focusing their efforts on repouring the areas of the interior foundation that were cut away to move the plumbing system. The crew has a forklift type machine with a large dump bin on the front that they fill with concrete from the mixer truck and then rush inside to fill the floor. The workers inside are quickly leveling and troweling the wet cement to seal the floor.
Once the concrete is set, work will begin to reframe the area to meet the new layout. Work will also continue on the connecting corridor which creates a secure passageway between the hospital and the main building. Thanks to our partners Simpson Construction and E4H Architecture for the new banner showcasing one of the rendering of the new space.
July 2022 Updates
Weekly Update – July 26th, 2022
This week’s project progress has been focused largely on the site work to allow the connecting corridor to be constructed that will allow foodservice and other shared services to enter the hospital from the main building via a secured portal. A few trees had to be removed and the ground is in the process of being leveled so the foundation can be poured. While the concrete truck is on site they will also pour the patches to the foundation in the hospital where the floor was cut to allow the plumbing to be relocated.
Up until now most of the work has been demolition so it is exciting to see the first steps towards construction and the creation of the new hospital. Soon the new framing will begin and then it will really start to take shape. While the facility is under construction, the team working hard to create the program that will be Catholic Care Center Senior Behavioral Health.
Weekly Update – July 19th, 2022
Work continues on the demolition of the existing space in what will become the Senior Behavioral Health Hospital and the new Meadows residence. The crew is tearing down and removing the original sheetrock and framing materials to allow the areas to be reconfigured. They are continuing to cut out the concrete floor and move the plumbing system to accommodate the new room layout. Next week when this is finished, new concrete will be poured to fill in the floor. They are also preparing to begin the dirt work on the northwest side of the building to allow the connecting corridor to be completed. The corridor will allow food service to access the secured area of the hospital.
The space is nearly stripped down to the studs and it’s exciting to see this blank space that will soon be home to the next chapter of Catholic Care Center.
Weekly Update – July 6th, 2022
If you visit Catholic Care Center this week you may hear a few loud noises, no this not the sound of leftover fireworks being enjoyed, but rather the sound of the concrete subfloor being hammered out to allow access to the plumbing systems that lies beneath the floor. When the new Senior Behavioral Health Hospital opens it will feature 20 private rooms, all with private showers. The area where the hospital is being constructed previously held 36 rooms, a combination of both private and semi-private accommodations so the water lines, drains, and other parts of the plumbing system must be moved to fit the new room configuration.
The crew is sledgehammering the concrete and stacking it out of the way outside. Once the plumbing is uncovered, the plumbers can get to work reworking the system. Work continues also on the demolition of the existing walls and ceiling. With temperatures this week soaring to over 100 degrees, the team seems to be enjoying that the majority of the work for this project is happening inside the air conditioned building and not outside.
June 2022 Updates
Weekly Update – June 28th, 2022
After only two full weeks of work, the project to add the senior behavioral health hospital and reimagine Meadows, our long-term care memory care, is in full swing. Much of the first week was dedicated to creating a functional jobsite which meant erecting a fence around the perimeter of the area to secure it, and bringing in the construction office trailer to serve as the command post of the project.
Next the teams are focusing on demolition of the existing interior structure. The new hospital and Meadows neighborhood will both feature private resident/patient rooms and so the sheetrock and framing that created the current semi-private rooms has to be removed. Without the walls and framing, you can begin to view the area as a blank slate that will lend itself well to the new design. In the meantime, the areas that have not been removed are being repurposed. What once was a nurses’ station is now a meeting place for contractors, and the large open counters of the kitchen make a great place for workers to review their blueprints.
While still in the very preliminary stages of the project, the progress is still very exciting to see as we eagerly anticipate this next chapter for Catholic Care Center.
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