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St. Paul Homes set to open new facility



Published: Sat, April 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The health care center will be able to serve 192 residents.

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- St. Paul Homes continuing care retirement community is about to reap the rewards of a major investment.

After years of planning, a new $24 million health care center should be ready for move-in this month.

Many residents of the St. Paul Homes community will be moving into their new home on April 16, if everything remains on schedule, said Rita Clemente, St. Paul Homes marketing director.

"We've already begun furnishing the buildings with office furniture and some of the resident's belongings," she said.

The new health care center is the largest segment of St. Paul Homes' Vision for The Future project, a two-part $30 million extension and restoration endeavor. The new facility will serve 192 residents in five buildings. Four buildings will house more than 40 residents each, while the fifth will serve less and allow for short-term rehabilitation stays.

Location

The new center is located next to the existing facility at 339 East Jamestown Road and will provide nursing care and rehabilitation, in addition to comprehensive Alzheimer's and dementia care services.

The care center will allow for more resident privacy, and service corridors are designed to minimize inconveniences to residents caused by housekeeping and staff. Both residents and families appear to be excited by the expansion.

"Just last Sunday we toured with families and showed the property," said Clemente.

"We were delighted with the response. It's a beautiful, beautiful building that's really state of the art ... The residents have a countdown wall, and we plan on having a farewell party for the building we've lived and worked in for so long."

The second phase -- costing $6 million -- will include restoring the current structure, where 19 more independent residents will remain, expanding resident services and the development of Woodland Cottages, 34 individual homes accompanying the current Cottage Colony.

"This is by far the most ambitious undertaking St. Paul Homes has ever done," said G. Bryan Oros, St. Paul executive director.

"With this new facility we will be able to expand the services we offer, and we will be providing them in a homelike environment," he said.

Community support

A capitol campaign raised $3 million from local individuals and businesses for the project.

St. Paul Homes will be depending on the assistance of more than 100 volunteers from the local organizations, resident families and friends to move the residents into the new facility.

The community appears to be well prepared for the move.

The St. Paul Homes community serves more than 400 residents and expects the resident population to reach 500.

The complex is on 720 acres and has 360 employees.




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