It’s happening! Each day that goes by, St. Francis Healthcare System is getting closer to welcoming its first patients to the new Clarence T. C. Ching Skilled Nursing Facility in the Sullivan Building on the Liliha campus. There are many different aspects to the renovation, from permitting to developing architectural plans, and each area is rapidly advancing.
The first step will involve demolition followed by renovations to the fifth floor of the Sullivan Building. After this, the licensing process for the skilled nursing facility’s fifth floor will be next on the agenda. Initially, the facility will be able to accommodate up to eight patients, and when fully operational, will be able to serve more than 100 patients.
St. Francis Healthcare System has enlisted an elite corps of experts to bring this to fruition:
- Architects Hawaii Limited, Hawaii’s largest healthcare architectural firm;
- Gregg Maedo + Associates, design consultants and an architectural firm renowned for their long term care facility development;
- SSFM, structural and civil engineers;
- Thermal Engineering Corp, mechanical engineer;
- Electech Hawaii, electrical engineer;
- Palekana Permitting for third-party permit review;
- Allied Builders as general contractor;
- Air Central, Inc., heating, ventilation and air conditioning subcontractor; and
- Electricians, Inc., electrical subcontractor
The skilled nursing facility will focus on post-acute, short-term stays, with an emphasis on quality nursing and rehabilitative care, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. There will also be a full complement of services, including social services, dietary services, pharmaceutical services, dental services, and activities to meet the patients’ physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs – all co-located within the building to better serve the skilled nursing facility guests. When completed, the third through fifth floors of the Sullivan Building will be fully transformed into the new Clarence T. C. Ching Skilled Nursing Facility, offering 119 beds that include eight general inpatient hospice beds.
As with all new healthcare facilities, St. Francis must obtain accreditation of the new facility from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) after it is opened and is in operation, a process that can take up to nine months. After obtaining accreditation, the skilled nursing facility will be able to incrementally serve more patients, eventually reaching full occupancy.