Green House Blog

2017: Building the Future – Beyond Better

While 2016 was an impressive year with more than 200 homes open and operating in 30 states, we expect to see that momentum continue in 2017!  It will be a year where we will see our first PACE Green House homes open in Michigan…and the first Green House homes will be opening in Rhode Island, where Saint Elizabeth Home broke a 20 year moratorium on new nursing home beds.

Here’s a quick look at how the year is shaping up for Grand Openings and Groundbreaking ceremonies:

Grand Openings:

rivertown_windows-in-dining-room-pvm_pic-twoPresbyterian Villages of MichiganDetroit, MI

2 Homes


The first PACE Green House Homes in the country–this development is part of the Thome Rivertown Neighborhood in Detroit, MI




Clark Lindsey Village,  Urbana, IL 

2 homes


1st home opens in January, 2nd home



cottages-of-lake-st-louis-032Cottages of Lake St. Louis, Lake St. Louis MO

6 homes


1st home opens Jan 23rd with homes opening sequentially through Spring




Belle Meade RehabilitationParagould, AR

9 homes








Saint Elizabeth Home, East Greenwich, RI

4 homes


Click here for more details on this project



bridgewater-at-hanover-construction-november-30-2016Grace Senior Services/Bridgewater,

Hanover, MN

2 AL homes






Janesville, MN

2 AL homes






Buckner – Calder Woods, Beaumont, TX

2 homes






jewish-senior-life-dec-2016Jewish Senior Life, Rochester, NY

9 homes








VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA

5 homes (in addition to their 3 existing)

3 homes open early fall (September) and 2 homes open 6 weeks later






West Vue, Inc.,West Plains, MO

3 homes






Cave City Nursing Home, Cave City, AR

4 homes





Southern Administrative Services,   Little Rock, AR

10 homes




Saint Elizabeth Community’s Groundbreaking, First in Rhode Island

saint e ground breakingFor the first time since Rhode Island imposed a moratorium on additional nursing home beds nearly 20 years ago, a state approved project is getting underway in East Greenwich.  Saint Elizabeth Home broke ground on October 27th and will build four Green House homes.

“It has been a long road to get to today,” said Steven J. Horowitz, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth Community. steve horwitz“We first heard about Green House homes in 2006, but it all began in earnest for our organization in 2009 when we took a group of our nursing home resident on an overnight beach vacation to Cape Cod.” Horowitz says, “This showed us how quality of life for nursing home residents could greatly be enhanced through smaller home environments and empowered/cross trained employees.”

Each home will have 12 Elders and will be built next to the existing Saint Elizabeth Home.  They will include private bedrooms and bath, along with a common hearth and dining area and open kitchen.  There will be a front porch and back patio area for easy access by the elders.

From left:  Steven J. Horowitz, President and CEO; Susan Frazier Ryan, Senior Director, The Green House Project;  Matthew Trimble, Chief Operating Officer.
From left: Steven J. Horowitz, President and CEO; Susan Frazier Ryan, Senior Director, The Green House Project; Matthew Trimble, Chief Operating Officer.

matt at podiumAt the ground breaking, Saint Elizabeth Home Chief Operating Officer Matthew Trimble said, “the unfortunate consequence of the moratorium was the stifling of innovation.” In 2010 legislation was passed that would allow for beds from skilled nursing facilities that closed, or that were taken out of use, to be held by the RI Department of Health for potential future use. It opened the door for innovation and the team at the Saint Elizabeth Home was more than ready to present their ideas!

Click here to read their press release and the Warwick Beacon also covered the special event!