Linda Hall, Administrator of the Center, told groundbreaking participants that, after completion of the project, the center would house 100 beds.
The new ten bed short-term rehabilitation wing will be completed within six months. Construction is set to begin on the facility's extension immediately.
Dr. Tommy Taylor, Eaglecrest's medical director said he is proud to see growth in the nursing and rehabilitation center, which is owned by Cooper Administrative Services.
The expansion will allow for short term rehabilitation, for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Hall said, " This wing is being added to provide services for the community."
The facility currently employs therapists but the addition will allow them more space to better serve their patients.
The expansion will also add jobs for the community.
Hall said, "We will expand the nursing department and we will also have to staff the wing."
She said Eaglecrest will potentially hire ten to 15 new employees.
Eaglecrest is one of only 15 culture change pilot homes and three assisted living facilities in the state, creating a homelike atmosphere for those who are no longer able to remain at home.
The facility provides person directed care, while providing purposeful living, dignity, respect and independence for their residents.
All of their 100 beds are licenced for Medicare and skilled nursing care.
The contractor for the project is Jonesboro based Ramsons Construction.
Hall said, "Eaglecrest is growing and changing to provide more services to the community, in the areas of long term and short term care that meets the needs of those served. Your continued support is very much appreciated."
The ceremonial groundbreaking was held outdoors with Hall, Taylor and members of the staff commemorating the beginning of construction on the new wing.