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Asian nursing home to start Quincy construction

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 20, 2012 03:52 PM

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A Boston-area nursing home that caters largely to elderly Asians is planning to start construction on its 87,000-square-foot Quincy facility by the end of this month, after receiving state help for a large portion of funding.

South Cove Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Inc., will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, three weeks after receiving notification that MassDevelopment had issued a $19 million bond on behalf of the project.

The loan, in addition to an anticipated $3 million in donations, private funding submitted by the company, and tax credits given to the development, will help fund the $32.5 million facility.

“South Cove Manor’s five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid show its quality in and dedication to serving Asian seniors,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “This low-cost financing will help South Cove expand those successful services to even more residents of Greater Boston.”

“We are grateful to MassDevelopment for their support and funding of this important community project. The new facility will enable South Cove to continue to provide the highest quality elder care services to more people in an innovative, efficient, and beautiful building,” commented Richard Lui, South Cove’s chairman.

The new 141-bed building will replace South Cove’s existing 100-bed facility in Boston, founded in 1985, adding an additional 50 new full- and part-time staffers to the existing 150 positions the center already has.

The new center will have more community space, six dining areas, several activity rooms, and other amenities.

South Cove’s Quincy facility will also have additional parking, purchased at the request of neighbors.

‘When we had the hearings with the neighborhood and also with the planning department, they had expressed one of their concerns was the parking, which we had acquired an additional site to add additional parking to the overall project,” said Richard Wong, South Cove Manor’s CEO.

While the facility welcomes clients of any nationality, most of the clients are elderly Asians. Meals are mostly Chinese, activities are centered on Asian culture, and many of the faculty and staffers are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Toishanese. Some also speak Vietnamese.

The facility has averaged a 99.3 percent occupancy rate and received 17 perfect surveys by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

With an expanding Asian population in Quincy, and with more space for clients, South Cove officials are hoping to continue that success for years to come.

Officials hope to have the building completed no later than the first quarter of 2014.

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