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Centre Crest Nursing Home Announces
Plans to Build a New Facility for County Residents
The 30-acre site behind the former Starlite Drive-In Theatre will offer a skilled nursing facility, short-term rehab and other specialty units.
BELLEFONTE, PA – The Centre Crest Nursing Home Board of Directors announced plans on July 18 to build a brand-new 240-bed skilled nursing facility behind the former Starlite Drive-In Theatre between Benner Pike and East College Avenue. The plans call for it to be operational in the summer of 2020.
The state-of-the-art $39-million facility will offer traditional long-term care, as well as, three specialty units that are in high demand for Centre County residents—a high acuity unit, for patients with complex medical conditions; a memory care unit of which there are few in the area; and a short-term rehabilitation unit. The 30-acre site also has room to grow and expand the facility in the future.
“Centre Crest was always known as the ‘county home’ and today, our plans show we’re transforming it into a ‘home for the county,’” Betsy Boyer, Centre Crest’s Board President, said. “Today, residents want more from their nursing homes and we’re excited to begin building a facility for the future.”
The new 135,645 square-foot facility will expand current room size by more than 100 square feet per room and increase number of private rooms from four to 66. The facility will also offer more dining options and programming to its residents, Boyer said.
The announcement is another step in a journey that began in 2013, when the county—which owned and operated the Centre Crest since 1938—transitioned ownership of the facility to the nonprofit board. Prior to the transition, the nursing home operated at a loss. In its first year after the transition, the board turned around the business and has operated in the black every year since—saving the county tax dollars.
“Now that the business is stable, it’s time to invest back into the county and our residents by building a brand-new home where we can offer our residents the best care and continue to meet the changing demands of the county’s population for decades to come,” Boyer said.
While leaving its long-time home in Bellefonte was not an easy decision for the board, it concluded the move was necessary for three reasons:
- The baby boomer generation is changing the way Centre Crest needs to look and feel in the future. With the new building, it can offer larger rooms, more programming, enhanced food service and greater personalized care. In addition, it offers the opportunity to expand in the future.
- It’s able to create three state-of-the-art, highly-demanded units to care for Centre County residents—a high acuity unit, a memory care unit and a short-term rehabilitation unit.
- The oldest portion of the current building is 78 years old and will not pass new building regulations as a nursing facility when the state begins enforcement in 2022. The cost to update the building would be extremely high and the updates would still not meet the needs of residents who want larger rooms, more space for therapy and activities, more dining options and greater personalized care.
However, Boyer said the new building will not change the home’s business model or mission.
“Centre Crest has always been committed to providing a home to whomever needs skilled nursing care in Centre County, regardless of their income, and that will never change,” Boyer said.