Newport News, VA – Riverside Health System has approved a $7.6 million remodeling of its Smithfield campus which offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living services.

The remodel builds on Riverside's commitment to providing residents with a homelike environment, while continuing to meet the needs of a growing older adult population. Since 2009, the population in Smithfield of those aged 75 and older has seen a 10% increase. The demand for assisted living apartments has also increased since then, while the demand for nursing facility care has dropped by 6.4 percent.

As part of the remodel, Riverside will be implementing culture change programming, which gives residents the opportunity to make decisions about their care and how it is delivered. This adoption of culture change is consistent with Riverside's vision to provide care in a way that empowers the lives and preserves the dignity of each patient and resident, regardless of their age or disability.

"The remodeling of Smithfield Assisted Living and Rehabilitation Center builds on Riverside's promise and dedication  to older adults throughout the region to help them age in a place of their choosing," said Bob Bryant, Riverside's Senior Vice President for the Lifelong Health Division.

Riverside Health System has been an innovator in this field for decades and has developed an unrivaled continuum of care and expert capability to serve the aging community.  Riverside opened the first Household Model nursing home in Virginia in 2012, offers the region's only community-based continuing care program—ChooseHome, is the largest operator of PACE programs in the state of Virginia, and opened a House Calls Practice in 2014 to care for the Peninsula's most frail, home-limited adults.

Preliminary plans for the remodel are currently underway and will be shared in the coming months.

Published: April 2, 2014