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Sage Living

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About This Location

Jackson’s New Skilled Nursing Facility

Sage Living will be the only program in the Jackson Hole area to provide long term nursing care, featuring private rooms, a memory support neighborhood for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and an acute physical and functional rehabilitation program for those recovering from stroke, traumatic injury, and illness such as COPD and heart failure.

Sage Living will replace the Living Center, a 5-star facility rated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). After three decades of providing exceptional care, we’ve outgrown the current facility and space. Our award-winning care will continue at Sage Living, and build upon the new resident-centered model.

Sage Living will be comprised of:

  • 72 beds
  • long-term care neighborhoods
  • memory support neighborhood
  • 16-bed transitional care unit for short-term rehabilitation patients

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Sage Living Construction Updates

St. John’s will post construction updates and milestones as Sage Living is brought to life.

September 2020:

  • Basement: We are putting in the ceiling and flooring, and the kitchen will be underway soon.
  • Center of Building: Roofing is finishing up, and we are starting the installation of stair 3. 
  • East Wing: The roofers are beginning to dry it in. 
  • West Wing: More windows are being installed, along with exterior wall framing and sheathing.
  • Outside: We are installing curbs and gutters. Our utility crew will be installing a gas line, storm drains, and water line for the Memory Garden. 

August 2020:

  • East Wing: Exterior framing taking place, window installation continues, interior framing of headers and door frames.
  • Center of building: Interior rough ins. Installing grand staircase, fireplace stone, and windows. Roofing underway.
  • West Wing: Level 2 deck prepped for concrete slab. Exterior framing underway.
  • Basement: Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing getting finished.

July 2020:

  • Roofing is underway and the second elevator is being installed
  • Interior and exterior framing is taking place on the East Wing
  • Windows have been delivered and will be installed beginning on the East Wing
  • Iron work is going on level 2 in the West Wing

June 2020:

  • Exterior sheathing is underway on the exterior of the center wing, as is exterior structural stud framing on the north side of the center wing.
  • In the basement, framing, drywall, and paint is underway on the walls. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing is being installed.
  • Drywall framing underway on level 1, center wing.
  • Retaining wall is being set with rebar and concrete is being poured.

May 2020:

  • Concrete slabs are being poured on the first floor level, and the second floor is being prepared to have concrete poured.
  • Fireproofing in the basement has begun in preparation for framing.
  • Steel is being erected on east side of job.
  • The site of the former brown building is being filled in, and excavation is beginning on the retaining wall.

April 2020:

  • Erection of steel on the central core continues. Steel for the second floor to begin this month.
  • Foundation walls are being poured on the east and west sides. Utilities are being installed.
  • With asbestos abatement on the Brown Building completed, the Fire Department conducted training exercises in early April. Demolition of the Brown Building begins in mid-April.

March 2020:

  • Steel framing is underway, with approximately 90% of the decking (horizontal supports) completed on level one.
  • Observers may see sparks during the welding process for the steel supports.
  • With two cranes operating onsite, whistles are being blown as a safety precaution.
  • Asbestos abatement, which needs to be completed prior to the building being removed, has begun on the Brown Building.

February 2020

  • Steel has been delivered and will start to go up.
  • Another crane, specifically for the steel framing, will arrive this month.
  • Elevator shafts are being poured.
  • The Living Center staff were introduced to the planned staffing model and the concept of developing work teams to address process and operational changes, as we move from a traditional nursing home model to a neighborhood concept.

January 2020

  • The foundation work and underground utilities are nearing completion.
  • Concrete slabs for the east and west wings will be poured.
  • The webcam shows one elevator/stairway shaft. The second one will be poured in late January.

December 2019

  • Section 3 of the foundation will be poured this month. The pour includes the southwest corner of the basement and an elevator.
  • The last pour of the foundation, section 4, will close up the basement wall. It is expected to happen in January.
  • Crews are starting to install the plumbing and electrical in the basement. In mid-December, watch for vertical steel framing.
  • Special safety precautions are in place to make sure that the crane does not interfere in the airspace when helicopters need to take off and land.
  • The community is invited to the Living Center on Friday, December 13, 2:30-3:30 for a holiday open house featuring trees donated by Soroptimist.

November 2019

  • The foundation for Sage Living is being poured in four sections. Section 1 and 2 have been completed, and the forms for section 3 are being installed. Once the pours are done, and the cement has cured, the crew will start backfilling the hole around the foundation, using specialty foam blocks in addition to dirt.
  • We are grateful for the generosity of Orsetto, who donated proceeds from their two-for-one dinners to the St. John’s Hospital Foundation in support of Sage Living.
  • At the Living Center, ten staff members were trained and certified in the principles of the Eden Alternative. Kate Wienman, MA, CCC-SL-P, and Beth Furlong RN, BSN, were both certified as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainers by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

October 2019

  • Our remarkable staff recently received the results of our annual licensing survey -- the surveyors found zero clinical deficiencies after an exhaustive two-day visit to assess compliance against hundreds of regulatory standards for long term care. And, this month we were notified that we were again named a Best Nursing Home by US News & World Report. We look forward to moving our exceptional programs into our new state-of-the-art home and offering important new services for our community once construction is complete.
  • At the Sage Living construction site, the basement has been dug, utility lines have been moved, and footings have been put in place. The next big step is the pouring of concrete for the walls, which will begin before the end of the month.

August, 2019

  • Setting utilities for Sage Living. The former parking lot has been demolished, and rather than being taken to the landfill, the asphalt from it is being ground up and repurposed as an emergency egress sidewalk for the Living Center. When it is no longer needed, it will be reused as a base for the parking lot for Sage Living.

July, 2019

  • Sage Living Ground Breaking Ceremony on July 18th
  • St. John's Board of Trustees approve contract with GE Johnson
  • New parking lot on Redmond Ave completed to replace the parking areas now in the Sage Living construction zone.

February 2019

  • Demolition of old day care building to make room for Sage Living construction

Live Construction Webcam

KMTN Broadcast of “Our Town” on August 19, 2020 [link]
Listen as Beth Furlong, St. John’s Care Transitions Nurse, explains the features and services of St. John’s Living Center and the upcoming Sage Living facility. Beth helps families better understand how they can help their loved ones continue to have a meaningful life as they age. She also helps older adults determine if becoming a resident of the Living Center or Sage Living would be a good option for them.

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