A developer seeking to build a $5 million teaching nursing home facility in Columbia says he is now looking at other sites for it besides Howard Community College.
In December, Paul Kerschner, president of the National Foundation of Long Term Health Care, asked the college's board of trustees to endorse his plan to build a 120-bed nursing home on seven acres of the campus.
In exchange for its land, Kerschner said, the college would play a major role in developing the curriculum and selecting the teaching and research staff for the nonprofit nursing home.
The board delayed action on the request until a feasibility study is completed. Kerschner said he expects that the consultant's study will be finished next month. In the meantime, he said, he has been talking with officials at Howard County General Hospital and a major Columbia development company about suitable sites for the facility. The hospital is adjacent to the community college on Little Patuxent Parkway.
A recent decision by state health officials to allocate 90 new nursing home beds in Howard County also could help the fledging proposal, Kerschner said. The proposed nursing home must be licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
If the nursing home is built at Howard Community College, it would be the first comprehensive long-term health care facility in a college setting in the state, according to Kerschner and state health officials.