Fairview Park starts work on Garnett Health Campus

August 25, 2013 by  

Fairview Park officials broke ground last month to signal the start of construction of the Garnett Health Campus.

One report said the new facility is good for the city as well as for Garnett and its president, John T. O’Neill. At the ceremony, O’Neill thanked Fairview Park’s mayor, Eileen Patton, for working with his company to make the project possible.

The medical campus is a skilled nursing facility with 118 beds, 62 of which will be reserved for long-term care and 56 devoted to skilled nursing and rehabilitation. The campus will also feature a movie theater, gardens, and a chapel. The installation will cost approximately $20 million and take a year to build.

O’Neill noted that once the construction is done, there’s still a long way to go. First, the city will need to inspect the facility and give it its certificate of occupancy. Once that’s done, there will still be more time needed for hiring staff and furnishing the various buildings.

Garnett Health Campus is to be located near Fairview Hospital, and will feature a large rehabilitation space that can handle people who are discharged from the hospital but need further medical attention. Lisa Rocco, Fairview Park’s finance director, said the project was very important to the city, since many residents don’t want to leave home when they need the type of help the facility provides.

The city and Garnett could work with brochure printers to create a mailing piece for local residents. They could describe the facility and the services it offers, as well as listing the staff and their specialties.