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New nursing home to be built in W.Va.

January 12, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A new nursing home to replace two existing ones in the area is to be built off U.S. 340 near the Charles Town Bypass, a spokeswoman for Jefferson Memorial Hospital said Friday.

State officials approved the project last winter, but it was not known where the Shenandoah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center would be constructed.

Jefferson Memorial and the Glenmark Association of Morgantown, who joined together to build the nursing home, purchased land at the corner of 2nd Street and Prospect Avenue for the $4.7 million facility, said Jefferson Memorial spokeswoman Teresa McCabe.

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The land is located near the Willow Spring Farms Apartments off U.S. 340 just north of town, officials said.

Hospital officials are hoping to have the 78-bed home constructed and open late next year.

The proposal calls for closing the Knott Nursing Home on West Congress Street and the Shenandoah Home in Ranson, which is operated by Jefferson Memorial, and replacing them with the new facility.

Both of the existing nursing homes in town were in need of renovation, but it was determined it would be cheaper to build a new facility rather than make the repairs, said Jon Applebaum, administrator at Jefferson Memorial.

McCabe said Jefferson Memorial will probably demolish the Shenandoah Home and build new office space there.

"We are in dire need of office space for physicians," said McCabe.

McCabe said she is not sure what will happen to Knott Nursing Home.

The Shenandoah Home used to be the Charles Town General Hospital before a new building was built for Jefferson Memorial in 1975, McCabe said.

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