Mercy Medical Center (Mercy), in a joint venture with Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, June 24, to launch the new HallMar Village senior living and care community.
Tim Charles, President & CEO of Mercy, addressed those gathered saying, “As the vision of Mercy gets wider and aspirations grow higher, sometimes we can’t and shouldn’t go down that path alone. So, the opportunity to work with a partner like Presbyterian Homes is perfect.”
When completed in spring 2023, HallMar Village, situated on 42 acres of land in northeast Cedar Rapids, will be an advanced, medically integrated community — including innovative, specialized care for those living with dementia — and provide healthy living unlike other options available today. This new senior living community will provide a full range of housing and services for the rapidly growing population of older adults in the region. Senior Housing Partners, the project development arm of PHS, is the developer and PHS will staff and manage the community.
PHS President and CEO Dan Lindh said, “We believe that HallMar Village will be a catalyst, not only to serve older adults, but also to help other providers in this region and around the country do great things.” He expressed his gratitude for the dedication and effective collaboration with the leadership of Mercy. “You exemplify and we share a number of faith-based legacies and values,” he said.
Dr. Tim Quinn, Mercy’s Executive VP and Chief of Clinical Operations, traced the spiritual legacy of Mercy Hospital to 1831 when Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy, originating in Ireland. “Throughout her life, she created the roots in the Sisters of Mercy, possessing a passion and a drive to help the underserved, the poor and the sick.”
The first Sisters of Mercy arrived at Cedar Rapids in 1875. With support from the greater Cedar Rapids community, they opened a 100-bed hospital in the early 1900s with the most advanced medical technology of the day. Dr. Quinn expressed, “It’s time for Mercy to expand on that great legacy.”
In addition to a long-term care community, HallMar Village will also include independent living and residential apartments, as well as an expansive town center with a chapel, dedicated community room, conservatory with plants and natural light year-round, restaurant-style dining and a casual bistro, state-of-the-art wellness center, salon/spa and a theater. Outdoor features will include patios, gardening space and walking trails.
The community will incorporate the buildings and grounds of the former Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, which will now be the Chris & Suzy DeWolf Family Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia. The DeWolf family provided the $2 million lead gift for the project, citing the Center’s potential to transform the lives of individuals living with dementia. The Innovation Center will be a hub of research, training and education, where best practices in aging and dementia are discovered, tested and evaluated to help those with chronic conditions, including dementia, live their lives with purpose.
HallMar Village will replace the existing Mercy Hallmar residential care facility, which opened in 1960 at Mercy Medical Center. For more information on HallMar Village, visit www.mercycare.org/hallmarvillage. Individuals interested in learning more about living options at HallMar Village may call Annie Pollock at 319-249-9763.
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Mercy Cedar Rapids is a Catholic healthcare system serving patients and families in eastern Iowa. In addition to Mercy Medical Center (its fully accredited, 424-licensed-bed hospital in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa), the system has an established network of specialty clinics, including MercyCare primary and urgent care clinics located throughout Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. IBM Watson Health™
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