ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM), a non-profit health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan, is pleased to announce it has officially taken ownership of the former St. Joseph Mercy Saline health building. Transfer of ownership from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to EHM, on the property located at 400 Russell St. in Saline, Mich., was made official June 28, 2016, and EHM has taken immediate ownership. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 100,000-square-foot facility became available when St. Joe's relocated its Urgent Care and outpatient services to Michigan Avenue last July to better serve its patients. Since 2011, EHM has been leasing 22,000-square-feet of the building to operate its Redies Center for Rehabilitation and Healthy Living, a short-term rehabilitation center, and a $5.2 million investment by EHM in a state-of-the-art rehab and wellness facility. The Redies Center employs more than 40 exercise specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and a full complement of nurses and medical staff.
It is estimated that EHM will spend an additional $500,000 over the next year to renovate the Saline facility. "This space, once fully transformed, will offer the community a state-of-the-art resource for educational classes, community events, primary and specialty health care, rehab and wellness programs, residential care, hospice care and so much more," said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM. "With this transaction complete, EHM can begin to bring our full vision of the Community Center for Innovation and Education to life."
"We are pleased this sale represents an opportunity for expanded health services in Saline and the greater Washtenaw County community," said David Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, who oversees health services in Saline. "Together with EHM, we share a commitment to those we serve, and offer a complete continuum of care for the local community from urgent care to senior health."
In January, when announcing its intent to purchase the Saline facility, EHM put out an open call to the local community, soliciting input from Saline-area residents on their vision and ideas for the future Center. The website received 150 responses, followed by three in-person community forums, which yielded input from another 100 residents.
"Overwhelmingly, the community expressed interest in a vibrant space that offers expanded health care services, community health and wellness programs, educational opportunities and room for partnerships with other mission-driven non-profit organizations, like Arbor Hospice," said Rabidoux. "And that's precisely what we intend to deliver. We want to ensure that this building…this community resource…appropriately reflects and represents its neighbors and embodies the spirit, heart and vitality of the people it will serve each day."
About Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan. Founded nearly 140 years ago, EHM is one of the largest nonprofits of its kind in metro Detroit and one of the oldest in the state, serving more than 5,500 seniors annually. Guided by a board composed of church leaders, corporate executives and community members, EHM takes pride in meeting the growing demands of seniors and their families. For more information, please visit www.evangelicalhomes.org.
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SOURCE Evangelical Homes of Michigan