Sheltering Arms Institute continues its shift toward multi-service facilities with the completion of a renovation of its clinic in eastern Henrico County.
The outpatient clinic at 4730 S. Laburnum Ave. has expanded its footprint to 6,000 square feet and added occupational and speech therapy alongside the physical therapy service the center offered prior to the project.
The clinic provides rehabilitation services to people with conditions such as brain and spinal cord injuries as well as rehabilitation for other injuries and illnesses.
The expansion of care offered at the location, which Sheltering Arms has operated since 2008, comes as the organization seeks to incorporate a wider range of services at more of its locations.
“Overall, Sheltering Arms is transitioning to multi-disciplinary services at all sites as much as we can,” said Bryan Gilreath, associate vice president of outpatient services. “We looked at where we had opportunities to do that. Laburnum stood out because it’s in the East End and when you look in the area there isn’t much in the way of multi-disciplinary services.”
Sheltering Arms formally began to pursue that strategy with the planning of its Goochland County rehabilitation hospital, which opened in 2020. Gilreath said a notable number of the Goochland facility’s patients live in the East End, and the upgrade to the clinic brings the services they traveled for closer to home.
Sheltering Arms spent nearly $1 million on the buildout and equipment in the Laburnum space, Gilreath said. The clinic is located in a Henrico County retail strip and took over an adjacent storefront for its latest expansion. The center reopened to patients in July.
J A Heisler Contracting Co. was the general contractor on the renovation and Hummel Associates the project’s architecture firm. Sheltering Arms held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated clinic last week.
The recently completed project was the second time the Laburnum location has expanded. It opened as a 2,000-square-foot facility, and then doubled its size in 2011.
In addition to its 114-bed hospital in Goochland, Sheltering Arms has seven outpatient facilities in the greater Richmond area. Five of them are multi-service clinics that offer physical, speech and occupational therapy and the other two offer physical therapy, according to a Sheltering Arms spokeswoman.