JUPITER, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advancing the future of health care delivery in Palm Beach County, Jupiter Medical Center and NuVista Living today announced a joint venture making the medical center a partner in NuVista’s Institute for Healthy Living, Life Science and Research (NIHL). The NIHL is a continuing care senior community under development in Abacoa, located in Jupiter, Florida.
The agreement was announced by John Couris, CEO of Jupiter Medical Center and Paul Walczak, CEO and a principal of NuVista Living, which is the Institute’s owner and developer. “This is an exciting opportunity for Jupiter Medical Center to partner in a center that will expand our community’s access to the entire continuum of rehabilitative and long-term care, while strengthening our position in this era of health care reform,” said Couris.
“Jupiter Medical Center’s leaders share our vision of transforming today’s post-acute care system, to provide an advanced continuum of care that ensures the dignity, health and independence of each individual life we touch,” said Walczak. “Our organizations are like-minded, investing in the future and our people, and focused on innovation. At the Institute for Healthy Living, Life Science and Research, we’re bringing together the resources and intellectual capital needed to fundamentally change the way health care is delivered, experienced and valued.”
Couris said that the joint venture with NuVista Living, part of Jupiter Medical Center’s drive toward transformational change, will help accomplish two goals. “It adds new dimensions to the care we can provide the community, and the partnership also allows the medical center to execute on its post-acute care strategy, which is focused on improving and sustaining service, outcome and cost,” he explained.
The new Institute (See Rendering), a $70 million project anticipated to open in the spring of 2013, will have a positive economic impact for northern Palm Beach County, both during construction and long-term, according to Walczak. Plans call for 150 net new permanent jobs out of a total workforce of 200 positions. At completion, the Institute is projected to generate a net annually recurring economic impact of $20 million rippling throughout the community.
The new community’s design, cutting-edge technology and systems will focus on enhancing patients’ quality of life while improving care outcomes. By expanding Jupiter Medical Center’s and NuVista Living’s existing relationships with Scripps Florida and Florida Atlantic University, the Institute will foster collaboration in care, education and research.
In addition to 129 nursing home beds, the new Institute, slated to open in 2013, will include a dedicated 70-bed Assisted Living facility and a 30-bed facility dedicated for residents with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. Jupiter Medical Center does not now provide care in the two latter specialized areas. The medical center does currently provide long-term nursing care and rehabilitation at its 120-bed Pavilion facility.
Through the joint venture, Jupiter Medical Center will transfer the Certificate of Need for 60 long-term nursing care beds at The Pavilion to the Institute for Healthy Living, Life Science and Research for the new Abacoa facility and the Institute’s future use, Couris said. Meeting long-term care needs through the Institute will enable the medical center to transition the Pavilion to provide only rehabilitation services that are tied to specific clinical service lines. Jupiter Medical Center will continue to own and operate the Pavilion as a rehabilitation center, with 60 private rooms. The 35-year old facility will undergo a renovation.
With a two-year window, Couris said, there is ample time for a smooth transition for current long-term residents at the Pavilion who will be affected by the plans. “We’ll work one on one with these residents and their families to plan ahead for transfer to the new community or to other long-term care communities in the area,” he said.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed community Medical Center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cancer care, orthopedics/spine, emergency services, cardiac services, children’s and women’s services, minimally-invasive surgical procedures, including a Robotic Surgery Program, advanced diagnostics, and rehabilitation. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center is affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 540 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information about the services available at Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 747-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.