Killeen Nursing & Rehabilitation — a 120-bed, long-term care and therapy facility — is scheduled to open its doors in mid-October, according to Dave Johnson, the facility’s administrator.
Johnson said the facility will provide service to both elderly residents and younger patients.
“It will offer skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and physical, occupational and speech therapy,” Johnson said. “We’ll also do long-term nursing care services and short term. A younger person wouldn’t necessarily feel uncomfortable being in the building.”
The construction for the facility, which will be located at 5000 Thayer Drive near Stan Schlueter Loop and Clear Creek Road, is scheduled to be completed Sept. 1. The facility will then seek to obtain its certificate of occupation before taking on its first three residents and staff in October.
Johnson said the facility will take Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance and already has two reservations.
“We’re going to want to take all the reservations possible,” Johnson said.
The facility will eventually employ around 120 employees with Fort Worth-based Trinity Healthcare — the facility’s parent company — hiring locally. The facility is currently conducting interviews for staff positions.
A separate area of planned multifamily housing to be built by Griffin Construction at 5002 Thayer Drive is not formally connected to the facility, Johnson said, but will provide a separate nursing facility and housing.
Johnson said the facility will meet a need for nursing facilities in the Fort Hood area — where only four such facilities exist between Harker Heights, Copperas Cove and Killeen.
“Killeen doesn’t have near as many nursing beds as a city of the same exact size,” Johnson said. “I believe the demand is going up, the geriatric field is suppose to continue to rise for the next few years.”
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