Viera Del Mar conducts modified groundbreaking ceremony


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Several influential members of the Viera community participated in a modified groundbreaking ceremony at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Viera office for the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center. Holding shovels were Pastor Rich Lively, left, of the Church At Viera; Brian Fuhrmeister, the senior vice president of project management and corporate development for Gulf Coast Health Care; Jamey Richardson, the president and CEO of Gulf Coast Health Care; Jennifer Sugarman, the president and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce; Todd Pokrywa, the senior vice president of land use planning and development for The Viera Company; Scott Parker, the president of Elkins Construction; and Chantelle Kocik, the director of operations for Gulf Coast Health Care.

VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines

Rainy weather and muddy grounds did not dampen the enthusiasm as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center was moved Oct. 5 to the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Viera office.

The facility which plans to open in the fall of 2018 will be located 2355 Vidina Drive in Viera, directly behind the emergency room of Viera Hospital. It will have a large gym, courtyard, restaurant-style dining and its own movie theater.

Gulf Coast Health Care of Pensacola is the parent company of the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center, an in-patient skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that will have 131 beds, including 78 private rooms. The remaining rooms would be semi-private.

“We have over the past 20-plus years provided leading quality inside of our business and the industry,’’ said Jamey Richardson, the CEO and president of Gulf Coast Health Care of Pensacola, who traveled to Brevard County for the event. “We recognize and try to stay ahead of the curve for what the demands are for the future.’’

The facility will focus on skilled nursing care, including nutrition management and infectious disease management along with cardiac and surgical rehabilitation. It also will offer physical, occupational and speech therapy. Patients also can receive wound care and respiratory therapy.

“It will only serve to enrich the quality of life here further,’’ said Todd Pokrywa, the senior vice president of land use planning and development for The Viera Company.