SAN FRANCISCO — A new nursing home for the elderly in San Francisco will reopen in January, the city’s health department announced Tuesday.
The Gurwin Nursing Home for the Aged will open at 1610 Market Street, in the old Gurwins Nursing Home Building.
The building, which was built in 1910, is a former hospital that was demolished in 1999 and renovated.
It will be the first nursing home in San Franciscos history that will serve both the elderly and the disabled, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said in a news release.
It was expected that the nursing home would close in late 2019.
“This new facility will serve all of our seniors and their families in the San Franciso community who need long-term care,” the city said in the news release.
“It is a major step forward for our city, for our community and for the seniors who live and work at the facility.
This is a victory for the entire nursing home community.”
The new nursing facility will offer a variety of services to the residents, including health screenings, physical examinations and prescriptions, said Stephanie Laughlin, the health department’s acting director.
San Francisco is the first major U.S. city to open a nursing home, according to the American Nurses Association.
The association is a trade group for nursing home and assisted living facilities.
Gurwin has operated at the old building for decades.
The facility was demolished during the 1999 redevelopment of the San Fransisco Bay Area.
The state Department of Building Inspection found evidence of asbestos contamination and asbestos dust in the nursing homes’ building.
The state Department for Occupational Safety and Health said the nursing facilities asbestos was not found in any of the buildings that were destroyed.
In an effort to reduce exposure to asbestos, Gurwithered Care had to shut down a nursing facility in 2012.
The nursing home closed in December 2015.