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Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for 12 Green House Homes at John Knox Village in Florida – A Special Celebration!

Grand opening festivities took place in late May and included Elders, staff, aging services professionals along with a host of local and state officials.   JKV Ribbon Cutting_grand opening_may 26 2016This $34 million project was truly the result of elders voicing their desire to see Green House homes on their campus that serves 900 John Knox residents in Pompano Beach, Florida.  “The Woodlands is the first Green House to be initiated by resident involvement,” said Nancy Lee Matthews, one of several John Knox Village residents sharing input when the project was being planned. “It was us, the residents, who initially researched The Green House and presented the information to administration and the board of directors.”

gerry at podiumPresident and CEO of John Knox Village, Gerry Stryker, welcomed those attending the event and definitely agrees that residents were a critical link in the project.  “This is an incredibly emotional and fulfilling time for John Knox Village as we celebrate the culmination of our vision – to change the face of care and rehabilitation services in South Florida.  JKV kids with susan and dr bill Gerry May 26 2016Our residents’ dedication and determination has fostered an incredible sense of community – a home where families and elders will come together and set a new progressive standard for healing as set forth in The Green House Project model.”

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The Woodlands is a total of 7 floors…the main floor has a common area and the remaining six floors each have two Green House homes with 12 privateExterior of new JKV with 12 homes May 26 2016 bedrooms and bathrooms surrounding a hearth area, open kitchen and dining area.  Four of the homes will be dedicated to short term rehabilitation.

Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Ryan, was asked to spend additional time on campus to meet with medical professionals and Elders to share her insight into the Green House model.  She met with susan with doctors at JKV may 25 pic 2physicians involved with care at John Knox Village, specifically those with Elders who will be receiving rehabilitation services in the homes. She also met with Sages that will be working in the homes.  Sages act as an advisor and facilitator for the Shahbazim, the self-managed work team.  In addition to Susan, Green House Project Guide, Debbie Wiegand met with the2016 Sages at JKV May 2016 group to answer questions and share their appreciation for the work they will do in the homes.
A Sage is a volunteer and someone that has demonstrated wisdom and good communication skills. We are grateful for the work they will perform and wish them much success in the days and months ahead!

jkv fireplace hearth areaThe Woodlands at John Knox Village was designed by RDG Planning & Design (Architects John Birge, Scott Pfeifer and Kevin Ruff). The Weitz Company served as the construction manager, and William Gallo, of Gallo Herbert Architects, worked with John Knox Village asjkv chair interior shot may 26 2016_flipped the Owner’s Authorization Representative.

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A Special Milestone Celebrated for the First Skilled Nursing Green House Homes in Florida

john knox tree threeAs many of you know celebrations and rituals hold a special place in the philosophy of the Green House model.  It’s important to take time to honor special goals that have been achieved.  John Knox Village did just that in late April when the community celebrated the tree topping ceremony.  It’s a tradition in the construction industry when a building’s structure has reached its maximum height.

Elders and Community leaders were all on hand when the Christmas Palm was placed atop their seven story building, called The Woodlands, which will include 12 Green House homes.john knox tree four_topping of tree

john knox tree top twoGuest speakers included City of Pompano Beach Mayor, Lamar Fisher who said “John Knox Village has become the leader in healthcare in Pompano Beach.  It is the largest healthcare provider and employer in the city.  The Woodlands will continue this leadership.  It will be the pinnacle of our cultural change.”  Mr. Fisher made those comments during an earlier groundbreaking event for the project.

The construction of the building is being led by The Weitz Company which has offices in South Florida.

IMG_0632The Woodlands is a $34-plus million project and is expected to open the middle of next year.  Each of the top six floors will have two Green House homes with a total of 144 private bedrooms and bathrooms for the Elders.

We congratulate all of those involved with the project and look forward to the grand opening of this very special development!