The project to build a new Living Center at St. John's Medical Center
reached an important milestone last week when the Board of Trustees approved
construction of a new facility with three senior care neighborhoods and
a dedicated unit for transitional care patients. The new Living Center
will replace a facility that is nearly three decades old and, despite
earning a coveted "5-Star" rating from Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, is straining to meet current community need, due
to its institutional configuration of shared bedrooms and bathrooms, long
halls, communal showers, and numerous uses of common space. All residents
and patients in the new facility will have private sleeping suites in
a homelike environment.
After a series of intensive committee meetings and public input sessions
for predesign and programming, the board voted at a special public board
meeting on April 5 to accept the recommendation of St. John’s strategy
committee to build a 72-bed facility. The center will provide two 20-bed,
long-term care neighborhoods, one of which will offer memory support services.
An additional 16-bed memory care neighborhood will be available for residents
who require a secured environment for their health and safety. Hospice
care will be available in all three long-term care neighborhoods. In addition,
the center will house a 16-bed transitional care unit for patients requiring
short-term rehabilitation after a surgery or other medical event such
Some companion suites, featuring private sleep areas and shared in-suite
bath, will also be available to accommodate interest in this type of living
arrangement. Within the individual neighborhoods, there will be spaces
for community meal preparation and dining and socializing. The facility
will also feature a flexible common space with a small café and
areas for a wide range of life-enriching programming. Highlights include
wellness, educational, and cultural activities, all of which support the
Living Center's Eden philosophy of supporting seniors in respectful
and dignified aging. The Living Center is the only Eden-registered facility
in the state of Wyoming. (edenalt.org)
"The engagement of our task force, staff, board committees, residents
and families, and other community members is really remarkable,"
said CEO Paul Beaupré, MD. "Combined with the expertise of
the architects and strategic business planning partners, I'm confident
that this community effort has allowed us to pinpoint our focus to a scope
and program that will serve this community very well."
"I'm pleased that we were able to finalize a project scope that
gives us the opportunity to flex our spaces for future needs. This is
vital, since long-term care is part of an increasingly dynamic continuum
of senior care services. By focusing on flexibility of spaces, we will
be able to open the new center with more capacity than we originally planned,"
said Board Chair Cynthia Hogan. "The Trustees are very comfortable
that our business plan for the new center represents the best possible
intersection of fiduciary responsibility for the acute care hospital and
affiliated programs with the desire to offer a modernized new home for
community seniors requiring residential nursing care."
With scope and programming now clearly confirmed, the next step is to work
with a construction management team to deliver this project, said Beaupré.
Public meetings will be held on April 16 to select a construction manager
at risk for the project. For more information, visit www.ANewHomeForANewAge.org
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic
support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s
Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence,
and community wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please
contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or