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Evangelical Homes of Michigan completes purchase of St. Joseph Mercy Saline facility
Planned "Community Center for Innovation & Education" will House Broad Spectrum of Services & Resources
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 6, 2016 – Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM), a non-profit health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan, is pleased to announce it has officially taken ownership of the former St. Joseph Mercy Saline health building. Transfer of ownership from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to EHM, on the property located at 400 Russell St. in Saline, Mich., was made official June 28, 2016, and EHM has taken immediate ownership. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 100,000-square-foot facility became available when St. Joe's relocated its Urgent Care and outpatient services to Michigan Avenue last July to better serve its patients. Since 2011, EHM has been leasing 22,000-square-feet of the building to operate its Redies Center for Rehabilitation and Healthy Living, a short-term rehabilitation center, and a $5.2 million investment by EHM in a state-of-the-art rehab and wellness facility. The Redies Center employs more than 40 exercise specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and a full complement of nurses and medical staff.
It is estimated that EHM will spend an additional $500,000 over the next year to renovate the Saline facility. “This space, once fully transformed, will offer the community a state-of-the-art resource for educational classes, community events, primary and specialty health care, rehab and wellness programs, residential care, hospice care and so much more,” said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM. “With this transaction complete, EHM can begin to bring our full vision of the Community Center for Innovation and Education to life.”
“We are pleased this sale represents an opportunity for expanded health services in Saline and the greater Washtenaw County community,” said David Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, who oversees health services in Saline. “Together with EHM, we share a commitment to those we serve, and offer a complete continuum of care for the local community from urgent care to senior health.”
In January, when announcing its intent to purchase the Saline facility, EHM put out an open call to the local community, soliciting input from Saline-area residents on their vision and ideas for the future Center. The website received 150 responses, followed by three in-person community forums, which yielded input from another 100 residents.
“Overwhelmingly, the community expressed interest in a vibrant space that offers expanded health care services, community health and wellness programs, educational opportunities and room for partnerships with other mission-driven non-profit organizations, like Arbor Hospice,” said Rabidoux. “And that’s precisely what we intend to deliver. We want to ensure that this building…this community resource…appropriately reflects and represents its neighbors and embodies the spirit, heart and vitality of the people it will serve each day.”
About Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan. Founded nearly 140 years ago, EHM is one of the largest nonprofits of its kind in metro Detroit and one of the oldest in the state, serving more than 5,500 seniors annually. Guided by a board composed of church leaders, corporate executives and community members, EHM takes pride in meeting the growing demands of seniors and their families. For more information, visit www.evangelicalhomes.org.
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Evangelical Homes of Michigan will be renovating the space to ensure efficient flow between the locations. The amount of the leasehold improvements is undisclosed.
The Rev. Roger Meiller, Evangelical Homes of Michigan's director of religious services (third from the right) and Earl Roehm, UCC member and EHM board member (second from the right) with UCC church members and Evangelical Homes of Michigan church ambassadors.
Written by: The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
Many of Denise Rabidoux’s most creative thoughts pop up in the middle of the night. That was how Rabidoux, CEO of Evangelical Homes of Michigan, a CHHSM ministry, got the idea to combine its annual September meeting with the annual October meeting of the Michigan United Church of Christ Conference.
She presented the idea to conference leadership. “I asked, ‘Am I crazy? Do you think this would ever work?’”
They decided it was worth trying, she says, and in October the combined meeting took place in Detroit.
The three-day joint meeting provided another opportunity to strengthen the ties of Saline, Mich.-based Evangelical Homes of Michigan to UCC churches and leadership by sharing its accomplishments and building relationships.
Rabidoux provided opening comments during a fellowship dinner on the first evening. Evangelical Homes of Michigan also conducted the business portion of its meeting in front of conference delegates, she says.
“It was a wonderful celebration and a moving experience to have our combined meeting,” Rabidoux says.
Michael Readinger, CHHSM vice president, agrees.
“Evangelical Homes of Michigan’s visionary approach to combining the annual meeting of their membership with the Michigan Conference membership is a living testament to what could become the model for incorporating the health and human service ministries into the world of the wider church,” says Readinger.
Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a nonprofit that provides health care, senior housing and community services to older adults and their extended families, including respite services for caregivers, plus hospice and memory care.
It already has a strong covenant with the United Church of Christ and the denomination’s Michigan Conference.
“The CHHSM tagline, ‘Advancing the Healing and Service Ministry of Jesus Christ,’ and the United Church of Christ tagline, ‘That they may all be one,’ bring the whole church full circle and exemplify a new way for our shared ministries of faith and service to overlap and sustain each other,” Readinger says.
Throughout the year, an ambassador from a UCC congregation meets monthly with a representative from Evangelical Homes of Michigan to discuss church needs. A representative from the organization also speaks to UCC congregations about its work and covenant.
“We and the churches work together to connect health care services and minister to the wider church in our area,” Rabidoux says. “We do all kinds of health and wellness work.”
This work in 2013 included providing more than 800 influenza vaccines in its partnered churches with the help of church ambassadors, bringing the total number of vaccinations to more than 5,000 over the past six years, she said. The vaccines are free to those who do not have Medicare Part B.
In fiscal year 2010, Evangelical Homes of Michigan provided services to more than 2,000 individuals and their families at campuses in southeast Michigan, including Ann Arbor and Detroit. That year the organization, founded in 1879, also provided more than $2.3 million in unreimbursed care to residents.
The joint annual meeting provided the perfect platform to share and celebrate this work, Rabidoux says.
“I think the biggest takeaway is to continue to strengthen our relationship with the churches and conference as a whole,” Rabidoux says. “Also, to celebrate that Evangelical Homes of Michigan is an extension of the church and to make sure congregations and churches know we are an extension of UCC.”
Read the article on CHHSM's website here.
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