Rehab and nursing home adding two-story wing
By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Excavators were working Monday as part of a $3 million project to build a 9,000-square-foot wing at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
The two-story addition will include seven private rooms. Another seven will be converted from semi-private to private as part of the project.
Also, a rehabilitation gymnasium will be built with large windows overlooking Lake Winnisquam. The lower level of the addition will feature a training room and a new laundry.
The 51-bed facility serves long-term and short-term patients.
Brenda Buttrick, administrator at St. Francis, said there is increasing demand for private rooms.
“It will benefit our residents because it will give them more privacy,” she said. “It will also enhance the whole experience by providing improved facilities for their rehabilitation needs.”
The project is to be completed by next May. Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. of Concord is the contractor. Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester is the architect.
St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is one of seven rehabilitation and nursing centers owned and operated by Catholic Charities New Hampshire. It is the fourth facility to undergo significant renovations in recent years. The others are Mt. Carmel in Manchester, St. Ann in Dover and St. Vincent in Berlin.
An excavator worked Monday at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center as part of a $3 million project that will add new private rooms and a rehabilitation gym. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)