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Centre Care Launches Final $2 Million Campaign for New Nursing Facility

by on November 04, 2019 1:40 PM

The nonprofit Centre Care has launched a final $2 million fundraising push for its new $45-million skilled nursing facility set to open next year in College Township.

When completed, the new 240-bed facility on Persia Road, off of Benner Pike, will replace the 80-year-old Centre Crest in Bellefonte, which has been operated by Centre Care since 2013, when ownership was transitioned from Centre County.

For the “Make Our House a Home” fundraising campaign, the State College-based Hamer Foundation has committed to matching the first $300,000 raised from individual donors.

“The new Centre Care belongs to everyone who has made our part of Pennsylvania their home," Betsy Boyer, Centre Care’s board president, said in a news release. "We care deeply about every person in our community and want to ensure they receive the best care. But we need help. We’re calling on the community to support us so we can create the next best place to home at our new facility.”

Centre Care received a $34 million direct loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the project and is providing $5.3 million in its own funds. That left $6 million to be raised through donations, more than $4 million of which has already been raised. The final $2 million will be used toward furnishings and equipment at the new facility, which has been under construction since the spring.

“After experiencing firsthand the need for quality, loving care for both of our mothers in their later years, we realize the importance of a facility such as Centre Care,” said donor Kay Barker. “We have witnessed the compassion and concern of the Centre Care Board and their commitment to serve and enrich the lives of the elder community in Central Pennsylvania. We are appreciative of the work of Centre Care and feel honored to be able to contribute to a project that will have a positive impact on our region for decades into the future.”

The new 135,645 square-foot facility will offer traditional long-term care along with three specialty care "neighborhoods" that are in high demand: a high acuity neighborhood for patients with complex medical conditions; a memory care neighborhood; and a short-term rehabilitation neighborhood.

The number of private rooms will increase from four to 66 and bedroom sizes will increase by about 100 square feet. The new facility -- a central building flanked by two wings -- also will offer more programming, enhanced food service and greater personalized care, according to Centre Care. The site also has room to expand in the future.

Centre Care skilled nursing facility in Centre County licensed to provide Medicaid care. According the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, 21 percent of Centre County residents age 60 or older have an annual income of less than $17,655.

“We feel very strongly that everyone should have access to assisted living services including disability and elder care regardless of personal circumstances," said donor Ron Friedman. "We are pleased to support Centre Care’s building expansion program that will provide dignified care for citizens of our Centre County community. We hope others will join in supporting Centre Care’s mission of serving those in need of special services that will be greatly enhanced through the completion of this important building project.”

To donate or learn more about the campaign, visit

Molly Schwartz, a donor to the project, signs a column in the entryway of the new facility currently under construction on the Benner Pike. Photo provided

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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