At its June public meeting, St. John's Medical Center Board of Trustees
voted to construct a 72-bed long-term care facility at a budget not to
exceed $41 million. The new living center will replace a facility that
is nearly 30 years old and, despite earning a coveted "5-Star"
rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is straining
to meet current community needs. At its meeting on June 13, the St. John’s
Hospital Foundation board voted to raise the goal for the philanthropic
campaign for the new Living Center—A New Home for a New Age—to $15 million, from its initial goal of $9 million. "The
Foundation is a vital medical center partner. Foundation staff and volunteers
have actively and constructively participated in the planning for this
essential community asset. We are exceedingly grateful for their contributions
and continued support," said St. John's Medical Center CEO Paul
The higher Foundation campaign goal will meet the total project funding
for construction of the new facility on the campus of St. John’s
Medical Center. On May 2, 2017, Teton County voters approved a Specific
Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) in the amount of $17 million. The board and
administration of St. John’s Medical Center agreed at that time
to contribute $9 million toward the facility. With the Foundation’s
new goal of $15 million for philanthropic support, the new living center
project will be fully funded.
"The market and feasibility studies we conducted in recent months
with recognized industry leaders in long-term care made a very strong
case for building out to 72 beds in the initial construction of the new
facility," said Beaupré. "The data was compelling: that
the demand for service will support this project and, importantly, allow
us to deliver a project to the community that achieves financial sustainability
sooner than a center with fewer beds."
The Senior Living Task Force led a pragmatic and collaborative effort with
Anderson Mason Dale (AMD) architects and GE Johnson Construction Company
(the construction manager at-risk) to limit final project costs to $41
million. All parties involved agree that the additional $6 million will
ensure that the new facility will provide long-range, flexible solutions
for a skilled nursing senior living, memory care, hospice services, and
short-term acute rehab capabilities.
In April 2018, St. John’s Medical Center Board of Trustees affirmatively
voted for a plan that calls for 72 units—12 more than are in the
current facility. Several market studies found 72 units to be most economically
viable and appropriate for meeting the needs of our unique community.
With this framework as a guide, the Senior Living Task Force strategically
focused on planning a new facility that offers greater personal privacy,
a more spacious and home-like environment, and more life-enriching amenities.
“We are proud that our current St. John’s Living Center consistently
achieves national award-winning status for the care it provides. Today,
we are committed to designing a building that meets those same high standards.
The expanded services made available by this modernized facility will
offer safe, nurturing, and stimulating surroundings for aging family members
who need a new home in the valley they love,” said Malenda Hoelscher,
executive director of senior living at St. John’s.
According to Bob Grady, Foundation chair, “The community has really
embraced this project from the first events promoting the SPET effort.
The pacesetting financial support from our board and several families
has enabled us to plan for a bigger and better facility that will be more
flexible, more homelike, and more attractive to families in the Jackson
A New Home for a New Age capital campaign began in September 2017 with contributions and matching
funds from Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charity. St. John’s Medical
Center employees affirmed their support during the
I CARE employee giving campaign. Foundation Board members have each generously
pledged multi-year contributions. Finally, several local families have
made significant leadership pledges in support of the campaign. In total,
the St. John’s Hospital Foundation has secured more than $9 million
toward its new $15 million capital fund-raising campaign goal.
St. John’s Hospital Foundation has enlisted Ed Liebzeit as chair
of its campaign steering committee. Members include Paul Beaupré
(CEO of the Medical Center), Jane Carey, Leslie Petersen, Shirley Piper,
and Patrick Trucco. All committee members also serve as members of the
St. John’s Hospital Foundation. Foundation staff members John Goettler
and Rachel Merrell are serving as campaign directors.
“The interest in the campaign and the project has been gratifying,
and I’m humbled by the generosity of members of this community.”
said John Goettler, president of the Foundation. “We invite community
members to support this important campaign and help us toward our $15
million goal. We are well along in our effort to create a new senior care
facility that will be a valuable community asset for years to come.”
Media contacts: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
John Goettler, St. John’s Hospital Foundation, 307.739.7516 or
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 theSt. 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.