Though it just opened in 2020, Sheltering Arms is already looking to add more beds to its West Creek rehab hospital.
Sheltering Arms Institute is planning to file a certificate of public need (COPN) application with the state health department by early May to add 30 new inpatient rehabilitation beds, Sheltering Arms President and CEO Dianne Jewell confirmed last week.
That would bring the $95 million, 3-year-old hospital to a total of 144 beds.
Sheltering Arms Institute is an inpatient rehab hospital at 2000 Wilkes Ridge Drive in West Creek in Goochland County. The hospital is a joint venture between Sheltering Arms and VCU Health that handles patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and brain injuries as well as those with neurological disorders and diseases.
The new beds would also be used for rehabilitative care and would be set up in a fourth-floor shell space that was built along with the rest of the 200,000-square-foot hospital in anticipation of future need.
The project is being driven by the level of demand the hospital has seen since it opened, Jewell said.
“We anticipated there would be greater need. We probably weren’t expecting that need to come along as quickly,” she said. “We are constantly being tapped on the shoulder to take more (patients), and so our goal really is to expand access to the services that are highly specialized and to help people with disabling conditions recover or learn how to adapt to their lives.”
Jewell said a cost estimate for the project is still being worked out. The project doesn’t yet have an architect or general contractor.
Jewell said that the hospital would expect a response to its COPN application in August, and if it’s approved at that time, they could start construction on the project in early 2024. Healthcare providers that want to create or expand facilities in Virginia are required to submit applications to the regulatory COPN program.
In addition to the Goochland hospital, Sheltering Arms also operates outpatient clinics in the region. Last year it expanded the footprint and types of care offered at its clinic at 4730 S. Laburnum Ave. in eastern Henrico.