City of Mobile officials and local health care leaders broke ground for an expansion and renovation that will more than double the capacity of a community-based rehab center.

Crowne Health Care of Springhill is adding 26 rehabilitation beds to its existing 20 bed center to meet growing patient demand for physical, speech and occupational therapy. The expansion will add 17,000 square feet while the renovation will transform the existing building to match the new structure.

“There are great things going on in the City of Mobile, and I think this is evidence of that,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said before leading the ceremonial ground breaking. “Everybody gets excited about a brand-new company coming to town, but when you have companies that already exists in your city and they are reinvesting in the investment that they already have to me that is more significant. We are tremendously grateful for what you do to make our community a better place to live.”

The expansion includes a 4,000 square foot therapy gym, a dining room for the short-term rehab patients and their guests and a private courtyard with a walking path. Each of the 46 patient rooms will have a private on-suite bathroom.

“We’re very excited about this, and we’re very pleased of job we do for the community to rehabilitate people after they are hospitalized,” said Bryan Jones, CEO of Crowne Health Care. “Once patients are finished here, they will usually move to an assisted living facility or move home and live independently.”

“We’ve planned and worked toward this day for two years,” said Amber Detamore, Administrator of Crowne Health Care of Springhill. “Our staff is excited to see construction begin and looks forward to serving more patients in the very near future.”

Construction is scheduled to take nine to 10 months. Maxus Construction is the general contractor. Barrett Penny is the architect.