Where the hustle and bustle of growing Huntsville turns to rolling farmland, a large crowd from the citizens of Owens Cross Roads welcomed a large-scale renovation and expansion of town’s nursing home.

South Hampton Nursing & Rehab Center’s new addition, called Rehab at the Cove, brings a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center to the rural area in southeast Madison County. A covered entry welcomes rehab patient and their families to the 19,000 square feet expansion. Inside, there are 26 private suites, a therapy gym, living room, dining room, lobby and screened porch. Construction took 10 months.

“It’s one thing to see it one paper and talk about it, but to see the finished product is really special,” said Jim Walker, who opened South Hampton in 2002. “A lot of special people contributed to this project and we appreciate all they have done. Most of all, this is about our residents and patients and having a modern physical plant that will meet the future needs of this community.”

The spacious therapy gym offers speech, physical and occupational therapy. Patients receiving occupational therapy will benefit from training on the home-like kitchen, laundry area and bathroom. This will help patients to regain the skills needed to safely live independently.

The existing building and the expansion encompass almost 50,000 square feet. The original structure is undergoing major renovations that will add more private rooms, improve common areas used by residents and make staff workspaces more efficient. In total, the nursing home can care for up to 81 people.

TurnerBatson Architects designed the project. Maxus Construction was the general contractor.