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Laurels of University Park

For individuals who are in need of long-term care and short-term sub-acute rehabilitative services, we offer high quality care in a state-of-the-art facility with modern-living amenities and hospitality.

Conveniently located within five miles of three northwest Richmond hospitals, our 145-bed facility is a perfect choice for you or your loved one.

We’re All About You, and we’re here to provide personalized care from highly qualified, professional and compassionate staff with focused attention and innovative best practices.

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We're All About Making You Feel At Home.

We believe that from the moment you walk in to the facility, we have a responsibility to offer you the best. Be it services or experts, we endeavor to make you smile with satisfaction.

  • Professional care that feels personal
  • Pristine home like living environments
  • Healthy meals that actually taste great
  • Compassionate caregivers
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We're All About Offering The Best Career Opportunities!

We’re all about making Ciena the best place to work in the healthcare industry. We offer unrivaled benefits that provide for employees' physical and emotional needs. We always strive to create an environment of respect, compassion, and belonging for everyone. If you are committed to providing the highest level of care and services to our guests and community, your next opportunity is just a click away.

  • Health & Wellness
  • Worklife Balance
  • Career Advancement
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Employee Perks
  • Additional Benefits


Testimonials and Google Reviews

It's All About What Our Guests & Employees Think About Us

Exceptional Activities Director! I can't express enough how wonderful my Family’s experience has been with Catherine Blanche the Director of the activities department.. Her dedication and enthusiasm shine through in everything she does. From organizing engaging events to spending one-on-one time... Read More

– Daniel

My sister was admitted to Laurels from the hospital. It was very important to me that the facility would be clean, which is was. Friendly staff, always greeted me with a smile. They sure my sister received what she needed. I visited her everyday & everything was always the same, clean & Friendly att... Read More

– Flo

My mom is in full time care at the Laurels. Activities director, Catherine Blanche, has gone above and beyond when it comes to interacting with mom and me. Catherine arranged FaceTime calls during the Covid isolation period and has continued to impress us with her attention to her clients. Cather... Read More

– Sonja P.

My almost 88-year old Mother has been taken care of here 24/7 for two years now with great care; this gives me such peace of mind. I am in touch regularly with staff and they call me or email me the minute something arises that I need to know. Care Plan meetings are pre-arranged every three months.... Read More

– Jann

My mother was there for a rehab stint and even though I’m not sure about the daytime staff, in the evenings I maybe saw the same care assistant 2 or 3 times. I realize that staffing can be difficult for places like these. The staff was very caring to and for my mother while she was there.

– Jackson

The Laurels of University Park needs to be recognized for caring for my spouse. The facility staff was extremely professional. 👏 👏 The Cnas; nurses; dietary; house keepers; social worker; engineering and front desk receptionist were all amazing. We thank you for taking care of our love one. I... Read More

– Teresa

I would like to give a "shout out" to Catherine Blanche, the Director of Recreation Services, for organizing daily activities for the residents. There is excitement in my sister's voice when she tells me about the various activities. Ms. Blanche has given her something to look forward to each day!

– Polly

Absolutely incredible staff!! I really feel that the dedication and commitment to care is shown throughout this entire company! Always super warm and supportive with families.

– Miehdi

Dope place

– Jasxnn

Thank you very much for a good job! I appreciate all you did for me! I would stay here again! Thank you!

– Maria

The Laurels of University Park have really taken great care of my mother. The nursing staff are on top of all her issues and always call to let me know what is going on. Her Nurse Practitioner, Dillon, is really great! Catherine Blanche, the Activities Director is also great. She helps my mothe... Read More

– Joseph

Tim Burner the rehab director whenever I called or texted he was there to assist me and he was very friendly. My CNA Joann Strothers, she was kindand and helpful. She made sure I always had my snacks and was ready for my dialysis appointments. My night nurse Bernetta Brown was very helpful with mak... Read More

– Steve


Laurels of University Park offers a full spectrum of post-hospital services, from a short-term rehabilitation stay to long-term nursing care.

Nursing & Rehabilitation

  • Short-Term Nursing and Rehabilitation 
    • Neuro Rehabilitation Program
    • Cardiac Recovery Program
    • Infection Resolution Program
    • Wound Healing & Wound Prevention Program
    • Respiratory Program
    • Digestive Diseases Program
    • Alzheimer's Skilled Services Program
  • Long-Term Care
    • Dialysis Support
    • Palliative Care Program
    • Restorative Care
    • Parkinson's Disease Program
  • Outpatient Therapy
    • In-house licensed therapy team
    • Offering Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
    • Offering PREhab therapy to prepare for an upcoming surgery. PREhab is designed to improve recovery time following surgery and increase functional capacity by ramping up physical activity prior to procedure.
    • State of the art equipment
    • Most insurances accepted
    • Flexible scheduling
    • Neurological Conditions: Stroke, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
    • Return to Work and Return to Sports Programs
    • Orthopedic Pre/Post-Surgical Programs
    • Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders
    • Dementia or Cognitive Deficits
    • Arthritis Management
    • Pulmonary Program
    • Cardiac Program
    • Debilitation
    • Low Vision
  • Respite Care
  • Palliative Care and Hospice
  • Point Click Care


  • Licensed Administrator
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director, Admissions and Marketing
  • Physician Medical Director
  • Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists
  • Dietary Manager
  • Therapeutic Recreation Director
  • Wound Care Team
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Dental, Vision and Podiatry Services


  • Private Guest Rooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible Bus
  • Private Dining
  • Rehab Gym
  • Spa
  • Beauty and Barber Shop
  • Coffee Shop
  • Chapel
  • Courtyard
  • Garden
  • Cable/Satellite Television Hookups
  • Wall Mounted Televisions
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access

Directions to Laurels of University Park

2420 Pemberton Road Richmond, VA 23233

Take a Virtual Tour

The best way to tour our facilities is always in person, but if you would like to take a quick peek online, take our virtual tour below or contact us for more information.


Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) like Ciena Healthcare provide crucial services for our most vulnerable population: the frail and elderly. Today’s SNFs have significantly evolved over time to provide both long-term comprehensive care and short-term rehabilitation services. However, in comparison to other medical settings, especially hospitals, SNFs are often overlooked for important resources and funding.

As health care evolves, skilled nursing facilities are increasingly providing care previously delivered in hospitals. Nationwide, the 65 and older population will double over the next 20 years. By 2040, it could triple. As our population ages, SNFs are becoming increasingly vital to the care and wellbeing of our seniors.

SNFs need advocates and allies to actively engage with their representatives and speak up about important issues facing our industry. This page is designed to share ways you can help support SNFs and the vital services they provide for our elders.

Contact Your Elected Officials and Voice Your Support for SNFs!

It is crucial the voices of SNF supporters be heard by Congress. Members of Congress value their constituents’ opinions and it is critical they hear from our advocates and allies.

Click here to locate your elected officials and “Speak Up” for SNFs!

American Health Care Association Action Center

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents the collective interests of more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.

Click here to support the pressing issues AHCA is pursuing with the federal government.

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