Wildflower Court to add eight rooms

Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2008

JUNEAU - Wildflower Court will add eight skilled-nursing care rooms this fall, expanding the facility to 57 beds to help meet the community's growing need for nursing care.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on July 24 approved a Certificate of Need for Wildflower Court, giving permission to remodel approximately 6,700 square feet of the facility to accommodate the additional beds. The increase is the second expansion at the facility, which opened in 2001 with 44 skilled-nursing care beds.

"We still have some work to complete, equipment to purchase and install and additional staff to bring on board, but we expect to start admitting residents for the new rooms sometime in September," said Millie Duncan, Wildflower Court administrator.

"We've been running at more than 99% occupancy since 2004, with a consistent wait list for rooms," Duncan said. "The additional beds will allow us to provide quality care for more local residents, which is great news for their families."

The additional beds also will help meet the needs of hospital patients who no longer require acute hospital care but are not ready to return home. Wildflower Court works closely with staff at Bartlett Regional Hospital and area medical offices to coordinate services for people who need skilled-nursing care.

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