Riverview update - Final touches being added on Riverview Healthcare Campus projects

Press Staff Writer

        The final touches are being made to Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus’ newly remodeled Cottage Cove, Short-Term Rehab Suites, and the new service to Riverview, the Hartford on the River Assisted Living.
        The addition of assisted living had been talked about for many years at Riverview, but the facility was paying off a bond from a project completed in the mid-1990s, which included the addition of the front lobby and nurses’ stations 1 and 2, according to Kendra M. German, Riverview Healthcare Campus administrator. In 2015, as the facility neared the last payment on the bond (in 2016), a building committee was formed. Construction began on the six-phase project in December 2017. The project touched all areas of the facility.
        The final phases, phase 5 (Cottage Cove) and phase 6 (The Hartford) have passed the Ohio Fire Marshal inspection and occupancy from Ottawa County Building Inspections. Cottage Cove, because it offers skilled nursing home beds, also needs the approval of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), a process the facility has found to take approximately two to three months, German said.
        The completion of phases 5 and 6 will put all areas of Riverview back into full use. Part of this area was Riverview’s former Station 6, the Lighthouse Memory Care Unit, and the other parts were Nurses’ Stations 4 and 5, which had been closed since the facility restructured in 2009. “The staff is very excited to have the facility back in full use again,” German said.
        Cottage Cove Short-term Rehab Unit, will house 17 private suites for those coming to Riverview to heal and rehab to move back to the community after an acute situation, often resulting following a hospital stay. The suites include a private bathroom with a handicap-accessible shower for private use. The unit also includes two living rooms, one with a computer for patient use, a dining room as well as a large shower room for those preferring a jetted tub bath.
        The Hartford on the River Assisted Living includes 20 units with a mix of studio, one-bedroom and a two-bedroom option. Each unit has closet space, a private bathroom with a handicap-accessible shower, and a kitchenette. The unit also has a dining room, two living rooms, three outdoor porches, a solarium, a courtyard, a spa room with a jet tub and activity room. While the facility will do the residents’ laundry, there is a laundry room that is available for no additional cost with a small lounge (if the resident or family chooses to do laundry on their own, the resident is responsible to supply their own supplies). Included in the daily rate is all utilities (including WiFi, telephone and cable), medication management, 24-hour licensed nurse, activities and three meals daily. Residents are responsible for their own furnishings and linens. No additional care rates or service charges will be applied to daily rates. Rooms are all by private payment; Medicare/Medicaid do not pay for assisted living at Riverview
        Riverview is currently working with those interested in assisted living. For more information, contact Riverview’s RN Case Manager, Cara Densic, at 419-898-2851, ext. 4041.
        Ottawa County Riverview has been county-owned and operated for 149 years. The facility, recognized as a Medicare 5 Star Facility as well as Top Performer in Long Term Care by US News and World Reports, is located at 8180 W. SR 163 in Oak Harbor.


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