Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing & Rehab Center in Florence has been a pillar of the community since its founding in 1952. Leaders recently broke ground for a transformative renovation they believe will solidify the skilled nursing care center’s place in the Shoals area for decades to come.
Design of the lobby. Photo courtesy of TurnerBatson Architects.
“By and large, the renovation is going to be front-to-back and top to bottom,” Mitchell-Hollingsworth Administrator Brian Scheri said. “We’ll work on walls, ceilings and floors and basically resurface the inside of the entire building.”
On the outside, traffic patterns will be re-routed to allow better access to a renovated main lobby entrance and a new entrance for the rehab center. Both entrances will be covered. With more than 300 employees caring for up to 222 people at a time, Mitchell-Hollingsworth is a busy place.
“In order to make the traffic flow smoother, we’re eliminating one entrance and opening up another one,” Scheri explained. “We’ll have a separate entrance for ambulance transportation, visitors and families coming in. It will be a lot more comfortable for new patients when they arrive and for their loved ones when they visit.”
The extra vehicular traffic and more people coming and going is a byproduct of Mitchell-Hollingsworth adapting to the ever changing health care needs of the community. The number of patients using the center for short term rehabilitation continues to increase as it adapts to market needs and patient preferences.
“Over time, we’ve realized the market has increased for sub-acute rehab,” Scheri said. “We currently have a 28-bed capacity in our rehab unit. At the end of this renovation, we’ll have 50 rehab beds.”
Special considerations during construction