Veterans Service Representatives Welcomed by The Green House Project and Stadium Place

By / Posted on July 28th, 2014

As policy makers discuss improvements in how health care is provided for our nation’s Veterans, the need for greater option for long-term services and supports is greater than ever.  The aging of the Veterans population will require a new vision.   Many of our Veterans require 24-7 care skilled nursing care.   In 2013, nearly 36,000 veterans resided in skilled nursing care facilities on a long-term basis.  Another 4,000 Veterans received skilled nursing care on a short-term basis.   In response to this growing need, Green House Homes are becoming increasingly available to Veterans.

The Green House Project was thrilled to host representatives from Veteran’s Service Organizations for a home visit at The Green House Residences at Stadium Place on July 14th.   Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA Central Office, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans came together to learn more about how The Green House model  can serve our veterans with an innovative alternative for long-term care.

A Green House home is a self-contained, skilled nursing home where autonomy and choice are honored, quality care is a priority and people have more satisfying and meaningful lives, work and relationships.  Ten to twelve veterans live in each home.

The people who live and work in a Green House home collaborate to create a flexible living environment where each resident enjoys choice and independence.

Green House homes provide all the same services of a traditional nursing home, delivering an exceptionally high quality of care while keeping the emphasis on the comfort and well-being of the Elder.

The daily operating cost for Green House homes are the same as traditional nursing homes.  And the quality of care improves health outcomes, yielding real savings on healthcare costs.

This summer the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin will become the fourth VAMC to open Green House Homes.  Later this year, the Green House homes at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will open.  Click here to learn more about The Green House Project for Veterans.


The Green House Residences at Stadium Place–A nostalgic spot for long-time Baltimore residents

By / Posted on October 25th, 2012

Via McKnights

As the World Series is getting underway you may not be aware that the new Green House homes in Baltimore have a special connection to both baseball and football! 

Read more about this special project and how the YMCA built new baseball playing fields directly on top of where the old playing field was located AND how Elders at their dining table overlook home plate!


Stadium Place Manifests Hope for Low and Moderate Income Elders

By / Posted on April 20th, 2012

U3_Green-House-Stadium-Place-Watercolor-not-on-sheet_1000x800-428x320“We used to have home plate,” Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke told the crowd at Thursday’s opening ceremonies of The Green House Residences of Stadium Place . “Now we have home sweet home.”
The Grand Opening of Stadium Place, built on the site of Memorial Stadium, had all the festivities of opening day at the ballpark, complete with hot dogs, and a ceremonial first pitch thrown out by Dr. Bill Thomas and elder, Shirley Dickens. It was a wonderful culmination to a long and winding journey with strong partners. The Green House Project is built on relationships, and this project, the first in Maryland, highlighted that core value. GEDCO’s steadfast vision partnered with NCBCI and RWJF’s creative and innovative financing to create a home where Catholic Charities, with a long history of compassionate care, could create real home, in the community, for the community!Stadium-Place-1

In addition to the Oriole Bird, the media were present to document this moment that propels Baltimore to the forefront of providing cutting edge services for low income elders. The Baltimore Sun covered the Stadium Place grand opening with a great story about the elders and background on the project. A couple TV stations attended the festivities and WBAL Channel 11 broadcast this excellent story featuring Stadium Place’s administrator Nate Sweeney GEDCO Executive Director, Mitch Posner and others. A blogger from Kaiser Health News also attended the gala and wrote a post touting the research proving The Green House Project model. WYPR 88.1 FM’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast interviewd Dr. Bill Thomas about the urgent need to provide long term care to underserved populations he was joined by Brown University assistant professor Zhanlian Feng, who has led ground-breaking research about the changing ethnic and racial make-up of nursing home residents.
Stadium-Place-4-478x198This event was one of those beautiful days, where everyone in attendance is filled with hope, and happiness.


The Green House homes at Stadium Place Answers Nursing Care Need in Baltimore

By / Posted on April 18th, 2012

Stadium Place, developed by Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO), is the first certified Green House project in the state of Maryland. It is also the first in the nation to take advantage of special financing for Green House projects aimed at low-income elders under a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NCB Capital Impact. This project received significant additional support from The Harry and Janette Weinberg Foundation, the state, the City of Baltimore, and private donors.

“Regardless of income, everyone should have the opportunity to age with dignity and receive the highest quality of care,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“By thoroughly redefining what a nursing home should be and placing elders at the center of all they do, Green House homes help residents live happier, healthier lives,” continued Lavizzo-Mourey. “Stadium Place is a milestone for Baltimore and a model for what every city should be doing.”

The Stadium Place project will be operated by Associated Catholic Charities. It will include four small homes that will serve up to a dozen seniors per home, and at least sixty percent of the rooms in the Green House homes will be reserved for older adults who are eligible for Medicaid. Stadium Place has also been built to obtain LEED Silver certification.

“Stadium Place is helping to change the face of long-term care,” said Terry Simonette, president and CEO of NCB Capital Impact. “It demonstrates that it is possible to provide the best care to the people who need it most, at the same cost as a traditional nursing home.”

The Green House Residences are an integral part of the holistic continuum of care GEDCO is developing at Stadium Place. They are integrated into a larger mixed-income urban retirement community that currently includes four apartment buildings for low and moderate-income seniors, a YMCA facility, Memorial Field at the Y, ThanksGiving Place and a community-built playground.

Click here to view the full press release


Community Partnership Key To Maryland's First Green House Project, Baltimore Sun Reports

By / Posted on January 18th, 2012

In light of the final stretch of construction for The Green House® Residences at Stadium Place, The Baltimore Sun recently posted an article highlighting the unique community partnership that has contributed to the success of the first Green House homes in Maryland. Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) and Catholic Charities have created a strengths-based collaboration to achieve their shared vision to create better lives for Elders receiving skilled nursing care in Baltimore. In an interview with GEDCO Executive Director, Mitchell Posner, he explained the significance of each organization in the partnership:

“GEDCO operates its other housing complexes, including the Venable and Ednor apartment buildings at Stadium Place, on the site of the old Memorial Stadium. But, since the Green House will require skilled nursing care, GEDCO is handing the management reins over to Catholic Charities, which has experience in that part of the health care industry.”

The collaboration has amplified the community involvement in and commitment to the project, as the Stadium Place team has demonstrated the importance of all perspectives, resources, and experiences. Nate Sweeney, Green House Guide at Stadium Place, acknowledged that the homes will ensure that each elder “has a place at the table”. Similarly, GEDCO and Catholic Charities have modeled this value by bringing complementary strengths to table in preparation for the homes to open in April 2012.


Community Partnership Key To Maryland’s First Green House Project, Baltimore Sun Reports

By / Posted on January 18th, 2012

In light of the final stretch of construction for The Green House® Residences at Stadium Place, The Baltimore Sun recently posted an article highlighting the unique community partnership that has contributed to the success of the first Green House homes in Maryland. Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) and Catholic Charities have created a strengths-based collaboration to achieve their shared vision to create better lives for Elders receiving skilled nursing care in Baltimore. In an interview with GEDCO Executive Director, Mitchell Posner, he explained the significance of each organization in the partnership:

“GEDCO operates its other housing complexes, including the Venable and Ednor apartment buildings at Stadium Place, on the site of the old Memorial Stadium. But, since the Green House will require skilled nursing care, GEDCO is handing the management reins over to Catholic Charities, which has experience in that part of the health care industry.”

The collaboration has amplified the community involvement in and commitment to the project, as the Stadium Place team has demonstrated the importance of all perspectives, resources, and experiences. Nate Sweeney, Green House Guide at Stadium Place, acknowledged that the homes will ensure that each elder “has a place at the table”. Similarly, GEDCO and Catholic Charities have modeled this value by bringing complementary strengths to table in preparation for the homes to open in April 2012.


THE GREEN HOUSE® Residences at Stadium Place

By / Posted on July 21st, 2011

Baltimore, MD

Operating: 4

In Development: 0

Square Feet per Home: 8509

Description
THE GREEN HOUSE® Residences at Stadium Place will be a unique, four-level Green House project designed in an urban setting, with a separate residence on each floor providing a home to 12 elders (including one semi-private room). It will serve 49 elders, with at least 60% of beds reserved for those with Medicaid eligibility. Porches on each side of the building will give elders a chance to enjoy the outdoors and will overlook a new playing field for area children. There will also be a lower-level with a therapy room and a beauty salon. GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation) is developing THE GREEN HOUSE® Residences, which will be operated by Associated Catholic Charities.

Project News
www.gedco.org/GreenHouse.

Sponsoring Organization History
GEDCO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, is an innovative, faith-based not-for-profit organization that has successfully developed a series of affordable housing projects with supportive services.  THE GREEN HOUSE® Residences at Stadium Place is an important component of GEDCO’s plan to develop a mixed-income, urban retirement community with a holistic continuum of care on the site of the former Memorial Stadium. The Stadium Place campus currently includes 340 apartments for low- and moderate-income older adults, as well as a YMCA, a community-built playground, ThanksGiving Place (a meditative park), and the Ripken Youth Ball Field (a.k.a. Memorial Field at the Y).  Planned market-rate apartments and condominiums and a Village Center (with a restaurant and health and wellness center) will serve residents and the surrounding community. 

Sponsoring Organization Mission
Mission: In partnership with faith communities, GEDCO provides affordable housing with supportive services and assists in meeting emergency needs of community residents.

Vision: GEDCO communities welcome and support people with special needs and foster each person’s maximum human potential.

Values: GEDCO is committed to a just society that respects the dignity and worth of all people, values diversity, upholds community, encourages each person’s contributions, and fosters growth toward personal independence.

Contact
Ted Gross, Director of Senior Services (GEDCO)
(410)433-2442
tgross@gedco.org
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
1010 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218