A New Home for a New Age

The Campaign for a NEW Living Center

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
About Anderson Mason Dale Architects

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.

From AMD:

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:
  • February: Pre-Design phase. Meeting with Capella Living Solutions to determine the financial model of the new facility.
  • March: Pre-Design phase completed and presented to the community.
  • April: Schematic Design phase
  • May: Schematic Design phase competed and presented to the community.

To learn more about AMD click here.



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.

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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.


Memory Care

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 Rooms/Baths

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.


Future Growth

The new facility will provide space to add up to 24 additional rooms—a 40% increase in rooms—as community demand grows and changes.

St. John’s Medical Center Campus Map

Budget Information

The Living Center Project was originally estimated to cost $35 million based on the construction of a basement, and two floors. The original plan had a third floor that would be a shell for future growth. St. John’s Medical Center secured a 50-50 split with the community, via the successful Specific Purpose Excise Tax ballot vote on May 2, 2017, to ensure that the facility can be built with minimal debt structure. The remaining capital costs will be provided by a $9 million contribution by St. John’s Medical Center and the capital fund-raising campaign that has been launched by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation.

Anderson Mason Dale (AMD), the award-winning architects selected to design the new Living Center, advised that building out the shelled space will never be less disruptive for the residents and staff or less expensive than during the initial construction. As plans progress, the St. John’s Hospital Foundation will endeavor to raise additional funds.

St. John’s has space on the current campus to construct the new facility. The Medical Center will continue to subsidize the facility’s ongoing operations at approximately $1.5 million annually.

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