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Medical facility adds beds for short-term rehabilitation patients



As construction wraps up this month, the Maryville care center soon will be able to care for more short-term rehabilitation patients.

Maryville officials hope to open 16 private rooms in its new wing by early March, assuming the new building passes its inspections, administrator Kathleen Parry said Monday.Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Work continues on the renovation of Maryville.

“They’re needing therapy with the intention of returning to their community,” Parry said.

The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon broke ground on the $4.4 million project last May. It is now in the final touch-up phase.

Besides the new wing for patient care, the project included additional dining space and other remodeling work at the facility, which first opened as a nursing home in 1963 and is among Beaverton’s largest residential medical facilities.

The new 8,500-square-foot wing sits atop former parking spaces and lawn alongside Southwest Farmington Road just west of Murray Boulevard. Replacement parking spots were added in front of Maryville.

Increasing Maryville’s short-term rooms helps meet a growing need for patients who often need three to four weeks of rehabilitation following a hip or knee surgery or a stroke, Parry said.

In its main facility, Maryville previously had 155 beds but only 40 designated for shorter stays. The rest are used primarily for residents who need long-term medical care. There is a separate 16-bed memory-care unit for people with Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions.

Maryville has been turning away referrals for shorter-term rehabilitation because it lacked those types of rooms, Parry said.

Maryville will slightly reduce the number of beds in its older wings, in part by removing some of the beds in shorter-term rooms that had housed as many as four patients but will now be double rooms. All 16 rooms in the new wing are private.

Patients in the new wing will have access to therapy areas for physical and occupational therapies, including home-like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities to help them regain their independence. An outside courtyard has a variety of paving, decking and inclined surfaces for patients to work on mobility.

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