River Bluff aims to have sprinklers in place by 2013
Aug. 13, 2008, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final regulation mandating sprinklers in all existing nursing homes by Aug. 13, 2013. In May 2010, River Bluff completed Phase I of the sprinkler project by installing sprinklers in the main dining room, physical therapy rooms, gift shop, office areas and employee break room. River Bluff is now planning to begin Phase II of the sprinkler construction project later this year, which will encompass the four resident living areas.
Enhancements planned in conjunction with the sprinklers include new lighting, ceiling tiles and technology enhancements to support voice, data and video. Also included will be several “green energy” projects that should significantly improve the comfort for staff and residents, as well as reduce energy costs. The Center estimates that Phase II of the sprinkler project will be completed by June 30, 2013.
From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue
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