A short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing center will break ground near state Route 161 March 15.

A short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing center will break ground near state Route 161 March 15.

Heartland of Dublin is scheduled to begin construction next month with completion anticipated in May 2014.

"Construction time usually takes 18 to 19 months," said Jason Hohlefelder, regional director of operations for Toledo-based HCR ManorCare.

The company has five other short-term rehabilitation nursing centers in central Ohio and 52 in the state, Hohlefelder said.

Dublin's population drew the company to its newest location at the corner of Shamrock Boulevard and state Route 161 on Dublin's east side.

"Just running demographics with individuals (ages) 55 and up, Dublin was one of the areas that came across as having a large number, especially with the population who are looking for more short-term rehabilitation focused care," he said.

The company also looked at Upper Arlington and Grove City for its next central Ohio location, but Dublin had the best site.

"Dublin was the most popular based on the new hospital and its closeness to Riverside, OSU and Mt. Carmel (hospitals)," Hohlefelder said.

The 60,600-square-foot development will include a single-story administration wing and two-story patient wings that will provide 120 beds. Physical and occupational therapy services will be offered to help patients transition from hospital to home.

"Overall, on the average patients stay between 45 and 180 days," Hohlefelder said.

When Heartland of Dublin reaches capacity, it will employ over 140 people in rehabilitation, nursing, social work and dietetics positions. It could take the development three years to reach capacity, though.

"We do have a three-year plan for getting the entire center fully operational based on expected growth over three years," Hohlefelder said.

"That is hitting the overall census of 110 to 120 (patients), which is capacity at the center," he said.

"There are a lot of different levels of physicians, skilled nursing assistants, registered nurses, administrative personnel, housekeeping, laundry and dietary staff."

When Heartland of Dublin opens it will likely have 20 to 40 staff members depending on the number of patients, Hohlefelder said.

"We'll probably start hiring staff 12 months before opening starting with administrative, admission, sales and marketing individuals," he said.

The noon, March 15, groundbreaking for Heartland of Dublin is open to the public and a second event is being planned for after the opening.

"When we have a finished product there will be more of a public awareness open house," Hohlefelder said.