The Tooele City Council has cleared the way for a new Rocky Mountain Care facility to be built near Mountain West Medical Center.
The council voted unanimously on Oct. 2 in favor of the subdivision and rezone that Rocky Mountain Care had proposed at 85 E. 2000 North, the future site of the company’s new skilled rehabilitation and nursing care facility.
The rezone was the biggest barrier that could have prevented Rocky Mountain Care from proceeding with its plans for the new facility, said Jay Bangerter, the company’s chief operating officer. With municipal permissions granted, he said the company planned to break ground on the project in the next six to nine months.
With 120 available beds, the new facility will nearly double the number of beds available to Rocky Mountain Care patients, Bangerter said. It will include wings for rehabilitation, which will include on-site therapy, and long-term care, but will not be equipped with memory care services.
“We’re really excited to bring this to the area,” said Bangerter. “We think it will keep a lot more people at home.”
To serve all those new patients, the new facility will also need nearly twice as many staff as the current building, he added.
Expansion aside, Bangerter said the driving force behind the new building, which has been in the works for several years now, was a need to update Rocky Mountain Care’s physical facilities to bring them in line with modern standards.
“It was just time for a new building,” he said. “That building was obsolete and antiquated.”
Upon the building’s completion, current patients and staff will transfer to the new facility and the old building, located at 140 E. 200 South, near the Tooele City Cemetery, will be sold.