The Columbine Commons Health & Rehab and Assisted Living Facility opened on schedule Dec. 9 at the corner of Main and 15th streets, offering a health and rehabilitative nursing wing with 30 beds, as well as a two-story, 60-room assisted living wing.
The 62,400-square-foot facility was constructed by Colorado-based contractor Drahota for $11 million and is located just west of the Windsor Medical Center.
So far, two people have moved into the new facility, but health systems director Yvonne Myers said 15 more are scheduled to move into the facility in the coming weeks.
She said a mild start to the beginning of winter provided the contractor with favorable conditions to complete the construction of the facility on schedule.
“It snowed later in the winter and that worked well for us,” Myers said. “Weather is a big factor in construction.”
Currently, the facility has hired 66 employees for a variety of positions, such as chefs, aids, physical and speech therapists, activity directors, office managers and housekeeping staff, Myers said. The facility plans to hire more employees as the it brings in new clients, and Myers said anyone interested in employment at Columbine Commons should check the company’s website, at http://www.columbinehealth.com/employment/open_positions.html, for a current list of available positions.
As of Dec. 12, available positions at the health and rehab facility included a certified nursing assistant, a cook and a registered nurse. The assisted living facility was looking for a licensed practical nurse and a personal care provider.
“It’s a great place to work if you’re going to school,” Myers said, because the facility is staffed 24 hours a day and can accommodate a variety of schedules.
The health and rehab wing features all-private rooms with bathrooms and showers, including amenities such as ceiling lifts to help residents from their beds to the bathroom if their injuries limit their mobility, Myers said.
Other features of the health and rehab wing include therapy services from Front Range Therapy for both inpatients and outpatients, an advanced call light system, electronic health records and medication administration, as well as a dining program with cook-to-order meals from a culinary chef.
The assisted living wing offers residents a choice of three sizes of apartments, with amenities that include computer areas, an activity room, aquariums, a bar, cook-to-order meals and outdoor walking paths.
Every room is also equipped with a self-contained heating and air conditioning system to cater the individual needs of the residents, as well as flat-screen TVs and a phone system, Myers said.
“Most health care environments are build with zones,” Myers said, which control the temperature for an area of rooms. She said the individual heating and air-conditioning units help keep the residents more comfortable by giving them the ability to control the temperature for their room.
“We’re looking at you as individuals,” Myers said. “That’s what today’s consumers want.”
The facility hosted an open house Dec. 8, drawing about 250 people to come tour the new facility, Myers said, with visitors commenting on the facility’s bright colors, modern look, as well as the artwork decorating the building. She said local artists created many of the pieces in the facility.
“I was totally overwhelmed by the response from the community,” Myers said. “The positive response from Windsor has really warmed our hearts.”
Columbine Health Systems’ owner and CEO Bob Wilson echoed her sentiment in a Dec. 11 statement.
“The Windsor community has been so welcoming and inviting to Columbine,” Wilson said in the statement. “We are very excited to provide skilled nursing, assisted living, and outpatient therapy in our Columbine Commons facility. Our future plans include development of the nine acres to the east with independent living and patio homes.”
Myers said the company hopes to have the independent living and patio homes available in about a year and a half.
Columbine Health Systems also operates two campuses in Fort Collins and one in Loveland.