Hospital to buy former funeral home

September 26th, 2012

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Hospital to buy former funeral home

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 

By Dennis Nartker

KENDALLVILLE — Parkview Noble Hospital has entered into an agreement to buy the former David Funeral Home property at 1426 Drake Road,at the corner of S.R. 3 on the city’s west side.
Closing on the sale is expected within the next few weeks, and the purchase is subject to due diligence required for such purchases prior to closing, said Dave Hunter, Parkview Noble Hospital chief operating officer.
Parkview Noble is buying the building to allow expansion of the hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation department, which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy for adults and children.
Rehabiltation is presently housed at the Parkview Medical building on the hospital campus on the city’s west side. Other established medical offices in that building made expansion at that site impossible, said Julie Buttgen, Parkview Noble spokesperson.
Three new therapists will be hired for the hospital’s therapy department as a result of the expansion.
The funeral home was completed in 2006 and opened for business briefly before closing. First Source Bank acquired the property in 2008, according to real estate transaction records. The 8,518-square-foot building is on 1.72 acres, almost doubling what the present therapy department has now, Buttgen said.
“We are very excited about this new location for our department,” saided Julie Desper, Parkview Noble therapy department manager. “It will allow us to really expand our pediatric therapy services and offer quiet and more private treatment for both adults and our young patients, and that is very important to us.”
Hunter sees the rehabilitation expansion as affirmation that Parkview Noble continues to meet the needs of the community.
“The excellent care that these therapists provide to our patients has caused our demand for therapy services to increase significantly,” he said.
Renovation of the building’s interior will take place between the time Parkview Noble takes possession and the expected opening, tentatively planned for March 2013. The building fits many of the hospital therapy department’s requirements, according to Desper.
“It is easy to get to, and easy to find,” he said. The interior will have several individual treatment rooms, and larger areas will become treatment gyms with pediatric therapy having its own gym and treatment rooms.
Parkview Noble will have the only therapy department in the four-county area with a dedicated pediatric therapy gym, Desper said.
Kendallville Mayor Suzanne Handshoe said she was pleased to see Parkview Noble’s continued commitment to the community.
“This new location will give a lovely building a wonderful new purpose,” Handshoe said.
Parkview Noble Hospital board chairman Mike Axel said he agreed.
“The Parkview Noble board is very excited about the acquisition of the Drake Road property to meet the needs of our growing therapy department,” Axel said. “We are pleased that we will be able to repurpose a vacant building in a prime location to provide excellent care to our patients.”