What does a new Living Center mean for the community?
The Living Center prides itself on offering the highest levels of quality care and service. The team has been providing our community’s seniors, rehab patients, and their families high quality care for years. After nearly 30 years, the Living Center’s relationship-based, resident-centered mission and vision have outgrown the current space. It is time to give some of our most respected and revered community members a full overhaul of their living space.
To support a resident-centered approach, in line with current best practices, the facility will be upgraded to a household model which will provide:
- Memory Care
- Dedicated Short-term Stay (Rehabilitation)
- Private Rooms/Baths
- Community Spaces
- Room For Growth
The new Living Center will nurture a familial experience and welcome friends and family. Resident-centered, relationship-based care is already at the core of the Living Center’s mission, and now the facility will better support the care model. As a community hospital, St. John’s Medical Center cares about reinvesting back into the community.Ultimately, building a new facility without overly burdensome debt structure will ensure that SJMC can continue to reinvest in our community.
Aerial View of New Living Center Location
St. John’s Living Center Project Advances
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 as stroke.
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.
St. John’s Medical Center’s board of trustees and hospital staff are confident in the selection of AMD, a 50-person Denver-based firm that was the American Institute of Architects’ 2017 Firm of the Year in Colorado.
The project team includes David Pfeifer, principal in charge, John Graham, project manager, Paul Haack, design principal, Bill Brummett, senior living planner and Beth Mosenthal, project architect.
For over 40 years AMD has provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. AMD were the architects of Jackson Hole High School. Twice AMD has been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.
We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.
Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.
Estimated Timeline of the Design Process:
- March: Pre-Design phase completed and presented to the community.
- April: Schematic Design phase
- May: Schematic Design phase competed and presented to the community.
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RUTH HATCH LOVES ART—CREATING PICTURES AND APPRECIATING THEM.
To express gratitude, she gifts her canvases; one surgical team at St. John’s was the beneficiary of a small bear sketch. Her room at the Living Center greets guests with art; her paintings and portraits of herself ever exuding elegance.Read More
Key Benefits and Features
A Place to Call Home
The best practice model for senior living and care is a facility designed based on a household model. This means living spaces — private bedrooms and bathrooms for residents — and social places for visiting with family and friends and hosting group activities.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia have specific safety and programming needs that require dedicated care and spaces designed for their comfort and safety. The household model facilitates an environment that improves their overall well-being.
End of Life Care
The Living Center helps residents and families gracefully transition at the end of life. For those in semi-private rooms, hospice care is a challenge and privacy is an issue. The addition of private rooms will give families the space they need in these critical moments.
Private residential spaces with individual bathing facilities offer privacy and dignity. Private rooms also provide clinical benefits with evidence of fewer infections, better sleep, and less disruption of residents.
Dedicated Short-Term Stay (Rehabilitation)
Many community members need short-term rehabilitation before returning home. The New Living Center’s conguration will provide a rehab-specic area that can focus specifically on this specialized short-term care.
The new facility will provide space to add up to 24 additional rooms—a 40% increase in rooms—as community demand grows and changes.