Twinsburg -- The Heartland of Twinsburg, a 120-bed rehabilitation center scheduled for a December 2013 opening, is progressing as planned at the corner of Darrow and Highland roads. The facility will bring between 140 and 160 new jobs to the city, as well as $100,000 in income tax revenue.
The 63,500-square-foot building at 2425 Highland Road is owned by Toledo-based HRC Manor Care Health Services.
Project Manager Don Keenan of Law Kingdon Architecture in Wichita, Kan., said progress on the building has been mostly smooth, though rain and snow delays have been reported.
"Weather has been the only issue," Keenan said. "We've had more rain than we allotted for."
Once completed and operating at full capacity, Manor Care officials said the facility is expected to bring between 140 and 160 new jobs to Twinsburg.
"It will be progressive [with the addition of jobs] as we build through the year," said Manor Care representative Kelly Kessler.
City officials expect the facility to bring in around $100,000 per year in income tax revenue.
Planning and Community Development Director Larry Finch said he is pleased with the notion of more than 140 new jobs, jobs he called "almost recession-proof."
"When [Manor Care] first came to planning commission and talked about 140 jobs, we thought that was probably more jobs on that site than we would have gotten on if it were an industrial piece of property, for instance," Finch said. "As far as job creation, it's probably superior to just about anything that could have gone on that site. We're certainly happy about that."
Regional director of operations Doug Mock said his company viewed Twinsburg as an ideal location for a Heartland facility, which will be one of the company's many locations in the greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton area.
"We have a number of locations in Northeast Ohio," Mock said. "When we were looking at areas, Twinsburg was just a perfect location … in the area of growth that we saw and that it would fit very well."
"[Twinsburg is a] very good location," Keenan added. "We're located in proximity to a new hospital [Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center]. That's a big plus for the patients."
Mock said Heartland will offer a variety of rehabilitation and recovery services, with an emphasis on short-term therapy that allows patients to return home as soon as they are fit.
"The building will be 120 beds and have a huge, state-of-the-art physical, occupational and speech therapy department so it'll be very much geared toward patients who are in need of some additional nursing and therapy before going home," Mock said. "I think the main emphasis is our clinical protocols in dealing with stroke, CHS, anybody recovering from hip/knee surgeries, things like that. Those are some of our clinical specialties that really have some fantastic patient outcomes."
Kessler said that while short visits are the most common for Heartland, long-term rehabilitation is also available.
"We will offer long-term care for a patient who gets there and it does not look like they're going to be able return home, that is an option, but the focus is really going to be on therapy and skilled nursing for wound care, cardiac recovery, things like that," Kessler said.
"I think everyone wants something like that close to where their parents might be," Finch added. "So, I think that is a good thing for the community overall."
Manor Care received zoning approval for the Heartland facility in April 2012 and broke ground on the site later that summer.