Viera Del Mar facility prepared to open in fall 2018


With a large gym, courtyard, restaurant-style dining and its own movie theater, the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center promises to provide more than just quality care for its patients when it opens in the fall of 2018.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at the facility, which will be located at 2355 Vidina Drive in Viera, directly behind the emergency room of Viera Hospital.

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.

Vivian Trueba, regional director of community development for Gulf Coast Health Care, said the facility will focus on skilled nursing care including nutrition management and infectious disease management along with cardiac and surgical rehabilitation.

Furthermore, the center will offer physical, occupational and speech therapy. Patients can also receive wound care and respiratory therapy.

“We’re the bridge between someone being hospitalized and returning home,” Trueba said.

Though an exact date has not been set for the opening, Trueba said the plan is for the facility to start taking patients within 14 months after breaking ground. The Oct. 5 ceremony is open to the public.

It will have a 5,500-square foot gym to go with the outdoor courtyards, restaurant-style dining and the movie theater.

Being able to give patients that kind of experience should make the Viera Del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center stand out from other skilled-nursing facilities in the county.

“There’s a big focus on our life enrichment program,” Trueba said. “It’s not just about rehabilitating the patients and providing them with skilled services.

“It’s also about improving their quality of life while they’re recuperating with us.” 

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