New Nursing Home Approved For Escambia County, New Beds For Santa Rosa

March 19, 2015

The state Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday it has given final approval to new or expanded nursing homes in a dozen counties — including a new facility in Escambia County and new beds in Santa Rosa County.

The approval process involves issuing what are known as “certificates of need,” and the agency’s tentative decisions were subject to legal challenges. The agency said Wednesday it had issued certificates of need for projects that went unchallenged.

Those projects, totaling 762 nursing-home beds, include new $19 million, 90-bed facility to likely be located in the general area of Nine Mile Road and and the University of West Florida. The agency also approved a $3.3 million, 30-bed addition to a current 60-bed facility on Glover Lane in Milton.

The approvals, through what is known as the “certificate of need” process, came after lawmakers last year approved a measure to lift a new bed moratorium in place since 2001.

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