McHenry County's Valley Hi Nursing and Rehab Center set to expand with memory care wing, other facility upgrades

(McHenry County Ill. - Oct. 18) Valley Hi Nursing and Rehabilitation Center today announced the start of construction on its new expansion and renovation project, which includes the addition of a memory care wing and a series of interior renovations. Approximately 4,500 square feet will be added to the campus as part of the expansion. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 18 and was attended by local officials, partner representatives and community members.

As McHenry County's senior population continues to age, requiring increasingly specialized care, county officials recognized the need for an expansion to the area's premier senior healthcare facility. Construction is anticipated to be completed next fall, paving the way for occupancy by spring 2025.

Plans for the expansion have been in development since the completion of the most recent round of improvements to the Valley Hi facility in 2022, which included renovations to the therapy room and cosmetic improvements to give the campus a more contemporary feel.

With the new Memory Care Wing, Valley Hi will further enhance its mission for providing modern facilities and critical care for its patients. This expansion includes the creation of a common area and courtyard, along with the renovation and connection of two existing hallways to enhance the overall flow of foot traffic within the facility. These renovations are intended to foster stronger connections among residents and their caretakers at the facility.

"We are thrilled to take steps toward creating a more holistic and advanced care environment for our residents," said Thomas Annarella, LNHA Nursing Home Administrator at McHenry Valley Hi. "We want to make our community members feel at home, and we couldn't be more pleased to add a memory care wing, as well as quality-of-life improvements to the design of our facility."

The project's design was led by Wold Architects and Engineers, a regional architectural and engineering firm with a local office in Palatine and extensive healthcare design expertise.

"We are honored that Wold Architects and Engineers is able to take on the responsibility of this important expansion to Valley Hi Nursing and Rehabilitation," said Roger Schroepfer, AIA, LEED AP, partner at Wold Architects and Engineers. "With our long standing partnership, we're excited to once again be working with McHenry County administrators and our friends and Valley Hi to bring the best possible experience to its residents."

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About Valley Hi Nursing and Rehabilitation

Valley Hi Nursing and Rehabilitation is a senior living and healthcare facility based in McHenry County, Illinois. Seeking to provide personalized healthcare services including long-term placement, short-term rehabilitation programming, Hospice services and respite care, Valley Hi boasts a skilled nursing staff that is available around the clock to care for those who have suffered an acute medical event. Valley Hi is the recipient of the 2023 AHCA/NCAL National Silver Quality Award, making it only one of eight in the country to receive this prestigious recognition.

About Wold Architects & Engineers

Wold Architects and Engineers is a full-service planning, architecture and engineering firm with offices in Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois and Tennessee. As a dynamic, growth-oriented company, Wold is committed to delivering exceptional results for the communities it serves. Wold ranks 31st nationally in the 2023 Building Design + Construction Giants 400 Report for architecture and A/E firms and 70th on the 2023 Building Design + Construction Top 175 Healthcare Architecture Firms list. To learn more, please visit

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