Liberty Hospital will create a $60 million ‘healthy living community’

Liberty Hospital and two other entities will create a $60 million “healthy living community” to the north and east of the hospital at 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive.

The facility will include a wellness center for all ages as well as residences for older adults and Alzheimer’s patients.

“There is a need in the Northland for this type of project, in our belief,” said David Feess, chief executive officer of Liberty Hospital. “The Affordable Care Act places greater emphasis on integrating health care services and improving health and wellness.”

Feess said a person with high blood pressure would be one example of a patient who would use the healthy living center between primary physician visits.

Liberty Hospital is joining with Action Pact and Healthy Living Centers of America in the project, which is scheduled for construction in 2015.

In addition to the healthy living center, the facilities on 12 to 15 acres will include:

• Forty assisted-living residences.

• Forty residences with memory support.

• A short-term stay “hotel” with 40 suites.

• Twenty residences with skilled, long-term care.