April 22, 2014: The Gresham team returned with beautiful revised concepts for the community center and Bungalow Court residential area. We were fortunate to have LRMC’s Dr. Haight, Associate Vice President of Community Health join us. We love his excitement and valuable insights as we explore the future of healthy aging together as a greater community. Today’s group included our Board’s strategic planning committee, several staff members and a few residents.
April 4, 2014: Gresham, Smith & Partners architects Angela Holcomb and Matthew Harrell, along with researcher Sheila Bosch joined a group of board members, staff and residents in the board room at FPH. They presented two initial concepts for the new community center: a 4 building option and a 2 building option. A lively discussion ensued for several hours.
New Community Center Part 3
March 2013: The University of South Florida School of Aging was hired to conduct focus groups. Dr. Kathy Hyer and PhD candidate Christy Haley interviewed groups of residents, potential residents, employees and community leaders affiliated with aging services. These preliminary meetings were crucial to discovering what amenities would be needed in the new center and what concerns our residents had.
July 2013: The Strategic Planning Committee on the Proposed Town Center – A motion was made and passed for recommendation to the Board to continue planning a community center that considers alternative revenue streams and enhances the security, safety, and fulfillment of care, services, and supportive lifestyle of residents living at FPH. Read Executive Director John Hehn’s proposal.
New Community Center Part 2
2012 was a year of discovery and research, which revealed that the trend is to create venues where residents of a retirement community and residents of the greater community can come together to learn, socialize and improve health and wellness. They are:
- Places of learning
- Places where community collaborations can occur
Welcome to Florida Presbyterian Homes’ first blog! We are excited to provide our residents, staff, potential residents, friends and family with an easy way to keep up with progress on our beautiful campus. Like a journal or scrapbook, we will provide regular updates, pictures and maybe some juicy details!
As many of you know, we are in the process of planning a new community center. The first few blog posts will help bring you up to speed. It has been an exciting endeavor, and we hope you join us for the ride! Let’s bring you up to speed…