Centre Crest Nursing Home To Construct $39 Million New Facility

Jul 19, 2017

Rooms for residents like the one pictured will be 100-square-feet larger in the new building. Pictured from left are Centre Crest board members Richard Wisniewski; Larry Bickford; Bill Rockey; Carl Raup; Al Jones; Betsy Boyer; Andrew Naugle, Centre Crest Administrator; and Tom Charles.
Credit Katie DeFiore / WPSU

The Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte has announced plans to relocate and construct a new $39 million facility.

The facility will be located on the edge of State College, and is expected to be finished in 2020.

Betsy Boyer, the president of the Centre Crest Nursing Home board, said the 78-year-old building they’re in now is difficult to keep up.

“Going along with that, we’ve been notified that as of 2022, regulations will change from the state, and we will no longer be grandfathered in to not having to meet some code restrictions," Boyer said. "The thought of having to bring this building up to code is a little overwhelming.”

The new facility will feature a short-term rehabilitation unit as well as a memory care unit. Boyer said the building plans have received positive feedback from staff, residents and family members.

More than 73 percent of residents at Centre Crest are financially dependent on Medicaid.

The project team is paying close attention to the health care changes being debated in Washington, and they’re being conservative in estimating the funding that might come from Medicaid in the future.