A.V. Christian Care has big plans for the future Brook Edwards, The Daily Press Staff Writer | 16-Sep-2008
APPLE VALLEY — With a burgeoning aging population and a serious shortage of convalescent beds, the Victor Valley’s only nonprofit nursing home has big plans for the future.
“We’ve conducted a feasibility study, which reinforced what we knew instinctively: That there’s an increasing need for skilled nursing beds in the High Desert,” said Bill Mc-Daniel, chairman of the Apple Valley Christian Care Center’s board of directors.
The Office of Statewide Health Planning in Sacramento recently offered its stamp of approval on architectural plans for the care center’s expansion, adding 21 beds to the 99 offered since the nursing home’s opening in 1991.
The care center, located in the 11900 block of Apple Valley Road, offers short-term care for seniors recovering from surgery or injuries, along with full-time, live-in care.
Licensed caregivers provide physical and occupational therapy, while the Christian focus brings Bible studies, prayer groups and more.
With the added beds, McDaniel said AVCCC will be the only nursing home in the area to offer sub-acute care, targeted at patients who’ve been discharged from the hospital but still need services such as IVs or respirators.
Bevilacqua agreed that transitional care is a much-needed service in the Victor Valley.
“We welcome any additional beds,” said St. Mary Medical Center spokesman Randy Bevilacqua. “Beds in the valley are much needed.”
Bevilacqua said St. Mary’s used to operate a transitional care unit of its own, but had to shift those rooms to medical surgical beds to meet demands of that growing patient population.
There is no exact start date for AVCCC’s $1.9 million expansion, though permitting requires it to start by August 2009.
For the expansion to succeed, the center is planning a simultaneous $100,000 technology upgrade to its phone system and its computer system, which is used to manage patient records.
The center’s plans don’t stop there.
“We’ve got a lot of land at our current site and we’re investigating expansion either with skilled nursing or with a different level of care,” McDaniel said.
He said they’ll launch a fundraising campaign after the first of the year, to avoid the holiday clamor for charitable donations.
In spite of past struggles with debt, the expansion should help the center become profitable.