WORCESTER – MassHealth announced 48 awardees of its Nursing Facility Improvement and Innovation Project Forgivable Loan Program this week, including eight facilities in Worcester. The program grants forgivable loan awards to nursing facilities to be used on capital projects.
To be awarded a forgivable loan, a project must meet one of the following goals:
- Develop specialized care capacity, such as den dialysis, infectious disease isolation, etc. (through use of new space or conversions of existing space);
- Offset the costs of pay go capital improvements such as upgrades to heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning systems; or
- Fund innovative projects, such as converting multibed rooms to two-bedded or single occupancy.
“I am thrilled to see that the Commonwealth is investing in improving nursing homes in Central Massachusetts and across the state,” said Senator Michael Moore. “Improving air quality, upgrading technology, bringing more amenities to residents – these are all worthy causes.”
The eight Worcester awardees, the associated project, and the forgivable loan amounts are:
- Bear Mountain at Worcester – Worcester Rooftop – $109,233.25
- Bear Mountain at Worcester – Worcester Call bell system – $36,713.25
- Knollwood Nursing Center Worcester – HVAC – $226,625.00
- Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center Worcester – dedensification and related – construction costs $911,057.60
- Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center Worcester – IT infrastructure; improvements to electronic medical records; patient/provider communication systems – $144,005.68
- Odd Fellows Home of Massachusetts, Inc Worcester – HVAC – $226,625.00
- Parsons Hill Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Worcester – HVAC – $226,625.00
- West Side House Worcester – Air filtration system – $150,029.38
- Worcester Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Worcester – HVAC – $226,625.00