St. John’s Medical Center is pleased to announce the final approval
for budget, size, and scope for Sage Living, a new facility on the medical
center campus that will provide residential senior care, including specialized
care for residents with memory problems, and a center for acute inpatient
On Tuesday, June 11, St. John’s Board of Trustees authorized medical
center administrators to finalize a construction contract with GE Johnson
for a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) not to exceed $37.4 million resulting
in a total project cost not to exceed $45.1 million.
“Due to the remarkable lead gift from the community through the Specific
Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) and the incredible support of St. John’s
Hospital Foundation and community philanthropists, we will be able to
construct Sage Living without the need to request any additional SPET
funding or imperiling the hospital’s financial health,” said
St. John’s CEO Paul Beaupré, MD.
In 2017, Teton County residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of $17 million
in SPET to be used for the new senior living facility. The St. John’s
Hospital Foundation has generously agreed to raise $19 million for the
project, and the medical center will contribute the balance.
“Sage Living started with a vision as to how we each wanted to be
able to age in Teton County. It will be a remarkable home for seniors,
funded through remarkable gifts from the community and individual donors,”
said Cynthia Hogan, chair of the St. John’s Medical Center Board
of Trustees. “The hospital and foundation boards have partnered
together throughout the long design phase and are thrilled to be ready
to start to build."
“The final project scope has significant benefits for residents and
the community,” said Linda Aurelio, the daughter of a Living Center
resident and a member of the St. John’s Medical Center Board of
Trustees. “I’m very proud of the St. John’s Hospital
Foundation, my fellow board members, the Sage Living Task Force, and our
staff for their vision to transform the experience of aging in Teton County.”
Some of the greatest benefits of the approved Sage Living plan include
- Sage Living will keep together families whose loved ones are aging, have
dementia, or need acute rehabilitation. The final approved plan provides
more private long-term care and memory care beds. In addition, the facility
will offer acute inpatient rehabilitation care, an important new service
line that has not been previously available in Teton County. Acute inpatient
rehabilitation offers physician and therapy services (such as intensive
physical, speech and occupational therapy) in collaboration with 24/7
rehabilitation nursing to individuals who have experienced a stroke, traumatic
injury, or debilitating disease.
- Sage Living is a home and a community. The approved plan provides more
communal spaces for residents to visit with friends and families. The
long-term care units, all private rooms or companion suites, will be created
as neighborhoods with shared areas for dining and life-enriching events
and activities to inspire, educate, and enjoy. The plan design includes
public spaces that are warm and inviting so that the greater Jackson Hole
community feels welcome to be a part of the Sage Living community. In
order to achieve these objectives, the size of the facility was expanded
from 60,000 square feet to 74,000 square feet.
- The expanded facility size and scope of services will lead to financial
sustainability sooner than was projected for previous plans, without requiring
an increase in rates beyond St. John’s market-adjusted rate schedule
for long-term care.
Groundbreaking for Sage Living will take place during Summer 2019 as scheduled.
The projected duration of construction is twenty-four months. The public
is invited to a Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 18, at 10 am on the St.
John’s Medical Center campus.
Media Contact: Karen Connelly at 739-7390 or email
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