Expansion Project

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Our new 17,000 square foot addition coming in Spring 2017 features a new physical therapy gym offering state-of-the-art  rehabilitation equipment, a speech therapy office, a private physician’s office and an “activities of daily living” (ADL) Lab. 

 The ADL Lab simulates a home environment.  The Lab will feature a full kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and washer and dryer.  Occupational therapists will utilize this homelike atmosphere to help residents resume their normal activities of daily living.

The expansion features seven new private suites that contain flat screen televisions, comfortable seating, modern furnishings,  individual climate controls for comfort, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and large showers. 

Residents and guests of Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center will enjoy new lounge areas, a snack bar, warm and welcoming finishes and lovely community spaces.

Whether here for rehabilitation services, or for a longer stay, the Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center has an excellent, long-term team of nurses, nursing assistants and care-givers dedicated to your recovery and healthcare needs.


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And just like that...we are connected!

Today the foundation was set for our private suites that will connect our current building with our state-of-the-art therapy gym!

Stay tuned!

times newspaper 9.9.16

$3 million MHRC expansion coming along

Published in Jackson County Florida News
Shelia Mader

The original Marianna Convalescent Center was completed in 1971. Since that time, it has undergone many changes including a name change to more adequately fit the role it plays in the community, Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center. The MHRC provides more than just a place for the elderly to convalesce, with added therapy programs and rehabilitation facilities.

On February 02 of this year, the city commissioners along with numerous dignitaries broke ground on a $3.2 addition. The expansion was to include remodeling of the retired Jackson County Health Department building, acquired by the city from the county in 2012.

What is being added and nearing completion is a 6500 square feet state-of-the-art therapy gym, a speech therapy office, and seven new private suites. The most gratifying aspect of the renovations and improvements is that it comes without any loans having to be acquired. The money for the project is in the bank and will not be an added burden to MHRC.

This past week was a major breakthrough in the project when the connection for the two buildings took place. The foundation was set for the private suites that will connect the current building with the new therapy gym.

MHRC will continue to have 180 beds, with the benefit to them coming with the addition of the therapy gym. MHRC Administrator Melinda Gay’s office will be at the south end of the new wing. An activities of daily living (ADL) lab will also be added in the renovation. The ADL lab will incorporate a full kitchen, bed, a bathroom, washer and dryer to allow the occupational therapists to help patients resume their lives at home.

​The Therapy Team can't wait until the therapy gym is finished in the Spring!

We are more making more progress...

​Marianna Health & Rehabilitation Center Groundbreaking Ceremony 

We are making progress. 

​Groundbreaking is February 2nd for $3 Million MHRC Expansion

  • Written by  n at Jackson County Times

It once was called “the white elephant” of Marianna. There were letters to the editor in the local paper in protest of the late Dr. William Bruner’s master plan for the City of Marianna to build a nursing home.  Who ever heard of such a thing, they asked.  But in fact, there were no nursing homes in Marianna in the late 1960s – none, Marianna Health and Rehabilitative Center Administrator Melinda Gay explained Monday morning.  

“There was all kind of opposition to it,” Gay said standing in the old Jackson County Health Department building next door.  “But Dr. Bruner kept after the city commission and construction was completed in early 1971.” And the rest, as they say, is history.  When plans for the new expansion were set in motion last year, Gay reported to the city commission that the center had $4 million in the bank and $2 million in accounts receivables, plenty of money to pay for a $3.2 million renovation project and continue regular operations—no loan necessary. Occupancy stays at 90 percent or above. The expansion will include a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym and seven new private suites.  

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m., city commissioners and others will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on the 17,000 square foot addition, to be constructed at an estimated cost of $3,000,697.  The expansion will include a complete remodeling of the former JCHD building, which the city acquired from the county in 2012 after the health department’s relocation to the $12 million facility on Caverns Road. The greatest challenge to the city in connecting the two facilities, the old health department building and the existing MHRC, was the surprisingly high elevation change.  There is an eight foot drop in elevation from the high east end of the MHRC and the low west side of the old JCHD in a total space of less than 100 feet in addition to the seven new private suites, an elevator will be installed, Gay said. Access between the two also will be possible through a hallway with a wheelchair accessible ramp.  

MHRC still will consist of 180 beds, Gay explained, that will not be changed.  But all patients will have access to the therapy gym, consisting of about 6,500 square feet.  MHRC currently faces 5th Avenue which is the access to the main entrance but a stylish porte cochere will be built around the new main entrance on 4th Street, the former main entrance of the health department building.  A large lobby will be the first thing a visitor to the new main entrance will see, then a hallway leading to the gym with administrative offices in between.  Director Gay’s office will be located at the south end of the new wing with the porte cochere, a fancy way of saying a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through and discharge passengers, being on the north end.  

Southern Triad construction of Bainbridge was the low bidder on the project last October, turning in a bid of $2.8 million; Architectural Concepts previously estimated the costs would be $3.2 million and that is the amount city commissioners decided they wanted to spend on it, with the notable exception of former Commissioner Paul Donofro Jr. who thought the 1956 health department building was not suitable for renovation—or that all new construction would be better.  However, a change order was just made, Gay said, concerning electrical so the cost estimate now is $3 million. Southern Triad still is the low bidder.  

All plans for hospitals and nursing homes must be approved first by the state of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).  “They review everything from plumbing to electrical, fire alarms—even the generator size,” Gay explained. “Their job is to ensure that all healthcare facilities in Florida are safe.” The final AHCA report is due on Jan. 23.

MHRC was built in 1971 and consists of 60,000 square feet.  The old health department contains about 12,731 square feet and inside demolition is well underway.  The planned new construction of about 17,000 square feet will connect the two facilities.  In addition to the therapy gym will be a speech therapy office, a private physician’s office and an activities of daily living (ADL) lab.  “The ADL lab simulates a home environment and features a full kitchen, a bed, a bathroom and washer and dryer,” says MHRC literature.  “Occupational therapists will utilize the ADL lab to help rehab patients resume their lives at home.” 


Ga. firm’s $2.8M bid tapped for City construction contract

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015 6:50 pm

MARIANNA — City officials met Monday afternoon to award a construction contract for the Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center expansion project.

Coming in with the lowest of four bids received, Southern Triad Construction is now on track to renovate a building that used to house the Jackson County Health Department, constructing expanded therapy facilities and offices for the City-owned Center.

The Bainbridge, Georgia, firm has completed a number of projects in the Jackson County area, including the Sneads High School cafeteria renovation that was completed earlier this year.

City Manager Jim Dean told commissioners that representatives with Architectural Concepts Inc., the design firm attached to the project, had reviewed the bid from Southern Triad, as well as higher bids from three other firms, and recommended that the City move forward with Southern. By comparison, the low bid was nearly a million dollars less than a $3.8 million high bid from Cathey Construction & Development. The RAM and Williams firms also competed for the contract.

With approval from commissioners, Center Administrator Melinda Gay says the next step is for city officials to negotiate a contract with Southern Triad Construction.

Utilizing the old Health Department building next door — a building the county government officially gave to the municipality in 2012 — means the only construction-related disruption current Center clients may experience would come from the late-project task of connecting the existing building with the new expansion. But the end result is something many are looking forward to.

“The residents are excited,” Gay said.

Once work begins at the site, Gay estimates it will be 10 months before she’ll be planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Center’s new wing, with its additional private rooms and expanded therapy facilities.


The old Jackson County Health Department building and property on Fourth Street is now owned by the City of Marianna. It is the proposed site of a Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center expansion.

MHRC Expansion Site Walkthrough

In this Floridan file photo, Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center Administrator Melinda Gay, center, guides city officials, including city attorney Frank Bondurant, left, and city manager Jim Dean, on a walkthrough of the former Jackson County Health Department building in November 2014. The City-owned site will be used in a planned expansion for the Center.

Rehab Center Expansion Project Moves Forward

Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:30 pm

Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center expansion from Bo Russ of Architectural Concepts Inc., the Largo-based firm consulting on the project’s design.

A roughly $3 million budget was reviewed and possible next steps in the lengthy process were discussed. Current plans would yield another 14 private rooms for the city-run nursing home, as well as enhanced rehabilitation facilities and added amenities.

According to plans presented, the existing building (former home of the Jackson County Health Department) that would be renovated and incorporated into an expanded MHRC has the potential to drive up costs once construction gets underway.

With that in mind, it was recommended that city officials have some targeted, interior demolition done prior to issuing requests for proposals on the renovation. Doing so, Russ suggested, should save money on professional fees going forward, by yielding clearer picture of what work needs to be done in order to realize the design goal.

The next step is for an architectural or engineering firm to craft a plan for that work.

In the months ahead, if the interior demolition reveals that a significant amount of additional work will be required to achieve the existing design goal, thereby driving up projected costs, commissioners may consider scrapping the renovation plan and take a closer look at new construction.

With a demolition plan on the way, city officials can look forward to having unnecessary parts of the old health department home stripped out, thereby giving them a clearer picture of the building’s structural integrity — crucial information going forward.

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MHRC Looks to Become 'Gem of the Panhandle'

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 4:00 pm

Angie Cook / Jackson County Floridan

MARIANNA -- The City of Marianna is looking to hire a healthcare facility design consultant to help push the upcoming Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center expansion project in the right direction, with an eye on industry innovation and cost effectiveness.

That's how MHRC consultant Bruce Baldwin presented the hiring proposal to city commissioners during that board's regular September meeting. But not all members were keen on the idea.

The expansion project, which Baldwin loosely estimated as costing $1.5 to 2 million in MHRC cash reserves, will involve demolishing the old Health Department building, a new 7,000- to 10,000-square-foot addition to the existing MHRC facility to house therapy and restorative care programs, and possibly private patient rooms and office space, plus renovating existing space vacated when the programs move. The current building will also have several of its existing semi-private rooms converted into private rooms.

The changes, Baldwin says, require the skills of a design consultant with current knowledge of trends and innovations in the healthcare facility field. With that key first step in place, he feels the project will bring positive attention to the city-run MHRC.

“ This is going to make the Center the gem of the Panhandle.”

In a memo to the commission, Baldwin said the services of a design consultant (DC) would be “essential to plan optimal interior space configurations for the building.

“ The DC will provide a ‘footprint’ of the project showing the specific location and function of each space within the building. Understanding and designing the optimal traffic flow for the delivery of patient services will be crucial.”

He went on to explain that the DC’s drawings won’t replace detailed architectural plans that will ultimately guide the construction. Rather, they’ll “provide an overview of the work areas and traffic patterns that will ultimately best serve the Center's patients and staff.”

At the start of the Sept. 3 meeting, Baldwin delivered an overview of the facility’s latest monthly earnings and census report, then went on to explain his position on seeking the help of a design consultant at the start of the MHRC expansion, and answer commissioners’ questions about the proposal.

While most members of the board seemed on board with the idea, some resistance was expressed by Commissioner Paul Donofro Jr., himself an architect with Paul A. Donofro & Associates, Architects.

Donofro contended that the services the DC would bring to the project are something the project architect is capable of bringing to the table, which makes the separate request for proposal (RFP) and/or contract with the DC unnecessary.

Baldwin, emphasized that the DC’s work comes “way before” the architect’s work and focuses on demands that are specific to a healthcare facility. He also noted that DC fees, which he said could range from $10,000-25,000, would be lumped into project costs that are reimbursable by the state.

With a motion from Commissioner John Roberts and a second from Commission Rico Williams, a 4-1 vote was taken to allow city officials to craft an RFP and solicit the services of a qualified design consultant, moving one step closer to beginning the MHRC expansion.