July 1, 2016

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Nursing, rehab facility seeks workers, patients

MEDINA — A nursing and rehabilitation facility that soon will open on East Smith Road is hiring and looking for its first two patients.

Once it is fully up and running, the facility, called the Avenue at Medina, is expected to create between 100 and 120 jobs, officials said.

Carl Holbrook, corporate director of operations for Progressive Quality Care, demonstrates how one of the beds folds into a reclining chair at the Avenue at Medina, 699 E. Smith Road. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Carl Holbrook, corporate director of operations for Progressive Quality Care, the company that runs the Avenue, said, “We’re looking for people experienced in nursing home work.”

They will be hiring a dietary manager and part-time cook immediately, as well as interviewing for nurses, aides and housekeepers.

The company needs two patients who can pay their own way, and then the state will come in and survey the care provided, Holbrook said.

After that, the facility will become licensed to work with Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. This process will take between a month and six weeks after the patients are admitted, and then the building will officially open, Holbrook said.

He said those first two patients will get “one-on-one care.”

Bill Meyer, director of nursing, said the Avenue will specialize in short-term rehabilitation, such as for people recovering from strokes, heart attacks or knee replacement surgery but also will accept longer-term patients.

Evan Hamilton, administrator, said the food served will not be “typical nursing home fare.” The kitchen staff will have some of the same equipment that a restaurant uses, he said.

“This is actually like a luxury hotel or resort with health care,” he said.

A new nursing and rehabilitation facility, the Avenue at Medina, is expected to be open soon at 699 E. Smith Road. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The 55,000-square-foot building at 699 E. Smith Road will have 70 private rooms, each with amenities like a flat-screen television, a mini-fridge, a padded window seat and granite countertops.

The building includes modern decor and features a beauty shop and a diner for residents, and a courtyard with a gazebo and outdoor seating.

The company runs a care center with a similar concept in Warrensville Heights.

Medina City Council approved a job creation grant for Progressive Quality Care in early November. The company has invested $11 million in the project.

As an incentive for creating and maintaining between 55 to 65 full-time jobs and 15 to 25 part-time jobs, the company will receive $6,650 this year, adding up to a possible total of $111,650 over the term of the seven-year grant, said Kimberly Rice, Medina’s economic development director.

The company could get up to $139,562.50 if it exceeds the projected number of jobs, she said.

Rice stressed that the funds for the grant do not come from income taxes; instead, the money comes from interest income, permit fees, service charges, activity fees and tax-incentive application fees, she said.

Those who are interested in applying for a job can stop by the East Smith Road facility, call (330) 721-7001
or email ehamilton@avenueatmedina.com.

For patient inquiries, email bmeyer@avenueatmedina.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.