City approves plans to make upgrades at St. Catherine’sBy MEGAN PHILLIPS,
Madison city officials have approved a site plan for St. Catherine’s Village. With the approval of city officials, St. Catherine’s is now able to move forward with their skilled nursing care facility upgrade.
Last November, the facility filed a rezoning request for 10 acres where the facility is located. The 10 acres were transferred to St. Catherine’s from St. Dominic Health Services, the parent company for both St. Catherine’s Village and St. Dominic Hospital.
“St. Dominic Health Services owns land adjoining St. Catherine’s, and they transferred 10 acres to St. Catherine’s for the project,” said Andy North, director of marketing at St. Dominic Hospital, in a previous Sun article. “The land was zoned agricultural, so the zoning request was to change the zoning so that it is consistent with the rest of St. Catherine’s land.”
This is a preliminary step in building new single-occupancy rooms and renovating current dual-occupancy rooms in the skilled nursing care facility, called the Siena Center.
The Siena Center is licensed for 120 residents. However, some beds are in dual-occupancy rooms, which are small by today’s standards, according to North.
“What St. Catherine’s would like to do is build 54 rooms in an expansion of the Siena Center and remodel existing rooms so that all 120 licensed beds will be private,” he said in a previous Sun article. “There will be 120 rooms instead of some semiprivate rooms.”
There will be no increase in the number of licensed beds, and there’s not yet a timeline on when renovations will be complete.
The project must pass through a few more state-level steps in the approval process.
“St. Catherine’s is built on a continuing life care model,” North said. “That means it offers a full range of (post-retirement) living.”
St. Catherine’s offers independent, assisted, skilled nursing and memory care living options.
“Most people will start in independent and, as their needs change, will move to memory care or skilled nursing. Our patients are paying for that continuing life care model where you move as needed.”