HARRISONBURG — As the population continues to age, demand for elderly care services continues to rise, and Sentara RMH Medical Center is slated to move its home health and hospice offices to a larger location to account for the growth in staff.
The offices for home health and hospice will be moved into the offices at 871 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Suites 201 and 202, respectively, when the new build-out is complete, said Ramona Patterson, a nurse and the administrator for home health at Sentara RMH.
The size increase from the current location at the Sentara RMH Atrium, also in Harrisonburg, will be welcomed by the staff, Patterson said.
“The truth is, we started outgrowing the space,” she said.
Sentara RMH’s home health serves about 350 patients a month, while hospice serves approximately 120.
The numbers for the services continue to grow, especially in 2019, Patterson said.
“This is a significant growth over the past couple of years,” she said.
The two Sentara RMH departments will not see any patients at the offices, as the services are all done at patients' homes.
The process to begin the move has been several years in the making, and finding enough room proved difficult, Patterson said.
At almost 7,000 square feet, the unfinished space will be built out and allow for up to five more clinical staff for the divisions.
“Right now, if we hired them, we’d have to set them in a very small cubicle,” Patterson said.
The space will be the ready for the new offices by winter, she said.
“No later than the end of November — fingers crossed,” Patterson said.