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JCHC Now Licensed for 17 Beds

FAIRBURY – With renovation nearly complete, Jefferson Community Health Center has officially changed its licensure to 17 Critical Access Hospital Beds, down from 25.

CEO Chad Jurgens said that the new licensure, which was requested in December, was made retroactive to Oct. 27, 2014.

“The patient room renovation is now complete, and we have 17 beautiful, spacious private patient rooms in which we can care for our patients,” Jurgens said. “When the renovation was designed, we took into careful consideration trends from the past 5-10 years and projected needs for the future. We will be able to serve our community’s acute care, surgical and swing beds needs well with 17 beds.”

Health care continues to change and trend toward more outpatient services, Jurgens said. In general, acute hospitalizations are shorter, meaning fewer beds are necessary.

“We are hearing good comments from patients about how much they appreciate the new rooms – which have plenty of comfortable space for patients, health care providers and visitors, private in-room showers, and accessible restrooms,” Jurgens said.

The 17 newly renovated patient rooms are completed and in use. Administrative offices are expected to open next month, and the entire renovation project is expected to be completed by summer.

“We appreciate the community’s continued patience as we continue to strive to bring our facility up to date so we can serve our patients’ needs for generations to come,” Jurgens said.