Gulf Coast Village's Palmview officially opens

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Gulf Coast Village officially opened its latest development, Palmview.

Located on Gulf Coast Village's Santa Barbara Boulevard campus, Palmview is being heralded as not only a milestone for Gulf Coast Village but, the local health system and community as a whole.

To usher in the new facility, officials from the retirement community and its sponsor company Volunteers of America proudly hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour Thursday morning that was attended by health system officials and leaders from across the community.

Leading the ceremony, Gulf Coast Village Senior Executive Director Kevin Ahmadi expressed his delight on seeing the development reach the point of becoming a reality, something many was not sure would happen when the plan was originally conceived back in 2007, "We couldn’t be more proud that the vision is finally coming true. We set that vision out a couple of years ago and to see it begin to take shape is very rewarding."

Palmview's opening comes after nearly two years of construction with the result being an impressive three-story, 130,980 square foot, state of the art assisted living, and memory support residence facility that officials say is a much-needed component in Cape Coral, "This is something we are in dire need of in our city. We have a large deficiency in assisted living facilities in Cape Coral. We have a couple more coming online over the next 18 months. It just shows that our city is growing and the amenities necessary to support that are coming online. This project and those like them are a critical aspect of our growth," said City of Cape Coral Economic Development Manager Dana Brunett.

In addition to meeting that need, Palmview will offer resort-like amenities that will allow residents of the facility to enjoy medical attention without sacrificing a quality of life. Inside the walls of Palmview are a variety of one and two bedroom residences equipped with cozy living rooms, kitchens equipped with modern appliances, walk-in closets, and a smart TV with free Wi-Fi.

Venturing outside of their abode, Palmview residents have the opportunity to dine in one of six on-site dining venues, socialize with fellow residents in several recreation areas, or relax in the media room. Volunteers of America Executive Vice President Wayne Olson says the goal of Palmview's design was to create an environment that transformed a building into a home and homes into a community, "We wanted a wow factor. Not only a facility to meet residents' basic needs but a building people wanted to come to."

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Along with the pleasing aesthetics and state of the art amenities, Palmview was also built with an eye to the future utilizing its third floor to meet the needs of the local community moving forward, "This building has the flexibility to converting into a product that will serve whatever tomorrow's needs are. The third floor is essential to that because it can be converted for behavioral health, skilled nursing, or whatever the need may be," explains Ahmadi.

That flexibility is part of Gulf Coast Village's plan to help alleviate a major patient flow challenge Ahmadi says Lee Health System is experiencing due to in large part to the current 99.9% occupancy rate of the 17 nursing homes located in Lee County.

Ahmadi says Palmview will play a crucial role in that initiative, setting the stage for future growth outside of Cape Coral.

Plans are in the works for Volunteers of America to construct a 75-bed skilled nursing rehabilitation facility and 38-unit assisted living facility on the corner of Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Metro Parkway in Fort Myers, as well as a 296-unit continuing care retirement community with additional skilled nursing facilities in Estero, "With the opening of Palmview, people can now see a perfect example of what quality products we are going to bring to those communities. This is just the beginning."