MIAMI, April 3, 2008 East Ridge Retirement Villageannounced today a major project that will bring the most significantenhancements to the community since it was built in the mid-1960s, thanks toan affiliation with SantaFe HealthCare of Gainesville, a leader in health careservices and senior living.
Planning for Phase 1, which includes a new state-of-the-art Health Centerand upgraded facilities and dining venues for the entire campus, is underwayand construction will begin as quickly as permitting and pre-constructionactivities allow. The Health Center will consist of new assisted livingapartments, skilled nursing units, memory support apartments, therapy,wellness and other health related amenities.
Phase 2, which will add new apartment homes and additional communityenhancements such as a spa, wellness and fitness programs, studio and eventsspace and an auditorium, is scheduled to begin at the completion of Phase 1 in2010.
The project adds 125 new apartment homes, replacing 30 of the 248 existingapartments on campus. Upon completion, the community will feature 343independent living apartment homes and cottages, 60 new assisted livingapartments, 16 new memory support apartments and 48 new skilled nursing units.
All skilled nursing units and memory support apartments will be providedin private rooms, and the assisted living apartments will be offered in one-and two-bedroom suites to accommodate couples.
Additionally, the project will include a refreshed entranceway to thecommunity, maintain significant green spaces, add new landscaping and featurethe beautiful center campus esplanade of lush local foliage.
"We're very excited about the future of our community and our affiliationwith SantaFe HealthCare, and what that means for residents and employees,"said Gary Gregory, Chairman of the East Ridge Board. "East Ridge has been awonderful home to seniors for 40 years. This affiliation ensures that we willcontinue to be a vibrant neighborhood for seniors for decades to come."
"We are very pleased about the East Ridge Retirement Village affiliationwith SantaFe HealthCare," said Mike Gallagher, President and CEO of SantaFeHealthCare. "The partnership and enhancement plan creates a comfortable,beautifully landscaped community for independent and health center residents,"he said.
"This exciting project will evolve what is already a first-classretirement village to a true state-of-the-art hospitality community forseniors that will offer a wide range of amenities, great opportunities forresident social interaction, and the healthcare support that seniors need,"Gallagher said. "Existing and prospective residents will benefit from newindependent living apartments and health care facilities and enhancedamenities, while at the same time experiencing minimal disruption to theirdaily life. This is truly a positive outcome for everyone involved."
SantaFe HealthCare is a family of not-for-profit, mission-driven companiescommitted to improving the health and quality of life in each community itserves. Services are provided through SantaFe Senior Living, Inc. and itsretirement communities, The Village in Gainesville and Bella Terra on the Bayin Clearwater, AvMed Health Plans, which is based in Miami and currentlyserves over 240,000 Floridians, and Haven Hospice, which operates in 16counties in north Florida serving 650 patients and families a day.
East Ridge Retirement Village, located on 88 acres at 19301 S.W. 87thAvenue in Miami, currently serves approximately 320 seniors in independentliving cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing units, and has 250dedicated, caring employees.
SOURCE SantaFe HealthCare