Via Christi Villages may add 80-bed skilled nursing unit at Cornerstone Ridge Plaza

WICHITA — Via Christi Villages is preparing to possibly add a skilled nursing unit to its existing Cornerstone Ridge Plaza assisted living center at 37th Street North and Ridge Road.

"We're seeing strong demand for a skilled nursing presence on the west side of Wichita," says Jerry Carley, president and CEO of Via Christi Villages.

Cornerstone, which was built in 2003, is one of 16 Via Christi Villages properties. It has 60 beds, and the new unit would have 80.

"We don't have board approval on this," Carley says.

Next month, the board for Via Christi Villages will vote on the addition. In May, the Via Christi Health board will vote on it.

If approved, construction is likely to start in June and take about 18 months to complete.

Via Christi has 15 acres of undeveloped land on the southwest corner where Cornerstone is.

"We've actually had plans in place for a number of years – at least have talked about it," Carley says.

"The environment's right if you look at just the demographics of the baby boomers that are coming in," he says. "It just makes a lot of sense."