Postactute care center opening in North Las Vegas

Welbrook Senior Living is scheduled to debut a state-of-the transitional care facility near Centennial Hills Hospital in North Las Vegas by the end of the month.

The 30,000-square-foot, single-story facility, which features 45 private rooms, will add nearly 100 new jobs to the Las Vegas Valley, said Doug Brawn, principal of El Segundo, Calif.-based Welbrook Senior Living.

“We’ll need everyone from an executive director to marketing coordinators, certified nurse’s assistants, nurses, culinary and cleaning staff, and maintenance; everything from the whole operations side,” he said.

Brawn said Welbrook Senior Living, which will be at 6650 Grand Montecito Parkway, will serve as a transitional rehabilitation facility for patients recovering from an illness or injury following their hospital discharge.

“This is a postacute setting so patients will come to the facility for a week or two,” Brawn said. “It has a hotel atmosphere with intensive rehabilitation and therapy so we can get them back to their daily activities.”

Brawn added that current models are mostly long-term acute care facilities where patients stay in a dually occupied suite or unit.

“Our patients will have private rooms and bathrooms as well as access to our therapy rooms, which are two to three times larger than our competition,” he said.

The Las Vegas location joins existing Welbrook Senior Living communities in Yerington; Riverside and Torrance, Calif.; and Salt Lake City and American Fork, Utah.

Brawn said the company is answering a local need.

“It’s really what the market has been looking for and it’s what residents have been looking for,” he said. “The options they have now are not as good as what they could be.”

Las Vegas’ growing aging population is another reason Welbrook decided to establish a location in Southern Nevada.

Geographic population data provider Suburban Stats reports that nearly 37,000 households in Las Vegas included someone age 65 and older during 2014.

“We’re building a facility that we’d like to take our parents to if they were coming out of surgery or the hospital,” Brawn said. “There’s a pent-up demand and residents want a facility like this.”

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