Living Center SPET Project
Thank you Teton County for Approving Proposition 10!
Since its construction in 1989, the Living Center has touched thousands
of community members by providing high quality housing and care for seniors.
Each year, the Living Center provides more than 17,000 days of resident
care. It has been rated Five Stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid,
the highest rating available.
Despite its achievements, the Living Center is currently unable to fully
meet the needs of community families because of the limitations of its
aging facility. It was built based on a medical model, made for the way
that doctors and nurses round rather than the way residents live. A household
model, outlined below, is the best practice in long-term care and skilled
nursing and will be the model that we bring online in a new Living Center.
ABOUT OUR PROJECT
The new Living Center is an essential community need that must be addressed
allowing aging individuals, including spouses, parents, and grandparents
to remain in the community where they have family and a support system.
>> Community Spaces
The household model for senior living and care is a facility design based
upon a home environment. This means living spaces and social places that
offer areas for visiting with friends and family and for group activities.
Replacing the current hospital-oriented facility with a home-based design
will improve overall well-being and quality of life for the families we
serve. A household model has the added benefit of enabling residents to
be more easily grouped by care level.
>> Private Rooms & Baths
Private residential spaces with individual bathing facilities offer privacy
and dignity. Nearly all of the current resident rooms are semi-private.
Bathing facilities are communal. Semi-private rooms do not meet the needs
of many families, who are then forced to relocate their family member
to another city or state.
>> Memory Care Facility
Seniors with memory loss and dementia have specific safety and program
needs that require a dedicated unit. The closest memory care centers are
located 2-4 hours away.
>> Dedicated Short-Term Stay (Rehabilitation)
Many seniors need the services of the Living Center for short-term rehabilitation
before they can safely return home. This is part of what makes the Living
Center a dynamic environment. The current configuration, where rehab residents
share rooms and community spaces with seniors who have dementia or other
conditions associated with aging, does not optimally serve the needs of
>> Room for Growth
The facility will continue to be a 60-bed facility, but this construction
project will include shelled space for an additional 24 beds. These beds
can be brought on line as future growth indicates.
ST. JOHN'S & SPET
Planning for a new Living Center includes:
- The needs have been well established through a feasibility study and community
- An ideal location has been identified and is already owned by SJMC (northwest
location on the current hospital campus). No zoning variances are required.
- Design and cost estimates have been established. Because project planning
is well underway, construction could begin in Spring 2018.
- The project does not require ongoing support from the Town and County for
operations. The project does not put additional pressure on community
concerns such as workforce housing, parking or transportation.
- The relocation of the Living Center integrates with the SJMC current master
facility and strategic planning direction, allowing St. John's to
optimize the current campus for the full range of future acute, residential,
and outpatient needs of the community.
- St. John's Medical Center and St. John's Hospital Foundation (SJHF)
have committed resources to funding 50 percent of the $35 million project cost.
- This project represents a major commitment to improving St. John’s
ability to meet the community’s current and future health needs
as our community ages.
- SPET funding support will minimize the debt requirements to operate the
Living Center, thereby allowing SJMC to continue its practice of significant
reinvestment into health and medical capital, staff, clinical services,
and other programs.
|Site Work, utilities/energy plant, FF&E
|Contingency, reviews, inflation
St. John's Medical Center and
St. John's Hospital Foundation have committed resources to funding 50% of the $35 million project cost.
The financing of the new Living Center assumes tax-exempt borrowing on
the part of SJMC. Future ongoing operating and maintenance costs will
be funded with the operating cash flow derived from patient charges for
health and wellness services at St. John’s Medical Center. By minimizing
debt structure on the facility, SJMC will be better positioned to absorb
annual operating losses associated with long-term care.
Location & Campus Plan
The new Living Center will be constructed on the NW corner of the current
St. John’s Medical Center campus at 555 E. Broadway, Jackson, WY.
The site for this planned improvement is owned by the Teton County Hospital
District. No additional land acquisition is required. The property is
zoned Public/Semi-Public and is subject to oversight by the Wyoming Department
>> Floor Plan
Life Happens Here
Housing seniors in our community is of the utmost importance. The Living
Center not only helps keep families in the community and intact, it reflects
our core community values. We are ensuring that the people who built our
community and stewarded its growth have the respect and dignity they deserve
as they age.
St. John's Medical Center Living Center's motto is "Life happens
>> Music Therapy Programming
Music has been proven to reduce anxiety and pain and improve overall quality
of life, especially in elderly or terminally ill populations. Hilary Camino,
a board certified music therapist, comes weekly to work with Living Center
"When my daughter sings for my mother, it is like my mother wakes
up. Her face lights up and she suddenly totally present, even if she doesn't
- or can't - say anything."- Daughter of a Living Center Resident
Watch a video from the Jackson Hole News & Guide about the music therapy program.
>> Intergenerational Activities
At the Living Center, we offer a wide range of intergenerational activities
from hobbies like knitting to one-to-one mentoring to group activities
As our community ages, we realize the potential in linking our community’s
youth and seniors through intergenerational programs. Important benefits
for Living Center residents include better mood, more social engagement,
and greater connection to the community.
"We teach about living, about aging, about dementia, about dying.
And we teach people of all ages about these things."-Pat Weber, 28
Year Nursing Home Administrator
>> TimeSlips Storytelling Groups
TimeSlips is a collaborative storytelling effort by a group of people with
memory loss, with the goal of helping improve the quality of life of persons
by using creative expression.