Mary’s Woods is located at Marylhurst and was once proud of being a well-kept secret, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. That is no longer the case!
With the $216 million dollar repositioning nears completion, the profile has gotten higher for the non-profit life plan communities. Mary’s Woods has become more visible and integrated into the greater Lake Oswego, as well as Portland metro areas. This is partly by way of the local businesses and with partnerships, like the Ovation Coffee & Tea, and the Health Care Providers.
Mary’s Woods is a larger trend kind of case study inside the senior living industry which is made up of long-standing barriers of providers breaking down and increasingly becoming more intergenerational as well as less isolated. CEO Diane Hood and President of Mary’s Woods learned early on that it was trending as she heard what others in the industry had to say.
She told the Senior Housing News that, “After attending conferences and also meetings, it was thought the boat had passed us by.” Today she is grateful that Mary’s Woods can set an example for others to strive at following.
Drop by And Visit Us
The congregation of the ‘Sisters in the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary’ had begun in Montreal, but in the year of 1859, they went to Oregon, where they later founded and sponsored Mary’s Woods Campus. In 2001 Mary’s Woods Campus opened for the first time. It had 233 apartments, 90 units for assisted living, 33 villas, skilled nursing for long term care, and memory care. By the year 2011, there was a slight expansion to the campus.
The buildings in the community had been intentionally structured and built so that they were not visible from the surrounding roadways, which included Highway 43. After the recent project of ‘The Village’ was being created, its seclusion started coming to an end. It was a project that consisted of an additional 198 apartments, four buildings, another 48 assisted living apartments, including suites, and the town center which is referred to as the Dunne Community Center. The community center consists of a bar, café, back of house space, and an auditorium that seats 300, which could be separated into smaller sections for meetings and other small events.
There had been three buildings constructed near Hwy 43 in the attempt to make Mary’s Woods more visible. Mary’s Woods began leasing space to organizations, and to the local businesses which provided services to the community, along with amenities. The Providence Medical Group and the physicians/therapists working for the large health system occupy 9,000 square feet. A local coffee purveyor Ovation plans on opening another location in one of the other buildings, others include an area to be leased to a personal group of trainers, a dentist, and a nail salon. This has made it more convenient for the residents, including family members that would other words have to pack-up the resident and take them to appointments.
Mary’s Woods fitness and Wellness Center is going to also be leasing space in one of the new structures, along with corporate office space, a space for meetings and events for organizations to one day open to the general public. There’s even more effort being made to help the community with integration,
including other programs at the nearby elementary school. “In fact, flanking the road with signage is even being used to get vehicles going by to take notice, and to get them to “pull on in and visit the place,” Hood said.
Expectations Are Getting Higher
Being able to work out good community integration will not be done in just one night, nor will it happen just because of a new building project. A lot of it depends on how well the senior living providers get along with the different organizations in the area and in the surrounding areas. This may take several years to achieve. Whereas Mary’s Woods and Providence Health had a connection with one another from the past, it is a part of the history they have with Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary. Even during that time period, it was required that at least one employee from Providence Health be a member of the board at Mary’s Woods. In years to come, Mary’s Woods, Hospice Arms, and Providence Home Health partners for a lifelong community plan. Having Providence present on the campus was not meant to be a foregone conclusion. Hood stated that “It took a good deal of us in order to finally have them partner with us.”
One of the valuable selling points Mary’s Woods had back then was due to having physicians and therapists on-site. This was especially true since Providence was accepting a broad range of insurance companies and they also were offering individuals a Medicare Advantage Plan that many were already a part of. Health systems like Kaiser Permanente were less interested as they had higher level of restrictions. There were no issues in locating other partners, but it somehow took nearly a decade to get Providence on our side.
Mary Woods is fond of the idea in bringing more local companies in their proximity and local companies see the benefit as well. During the time the baby boomers are getting older, they will be able to offer something more unique by partnering with Ovation, a local brand, which will be beneficial as it helps in linking Mary’s Woods to the greater metropolitan area. With the higher expectations that senior living providers are expecting, Ovation will make a great addition.
According to Hood, the idea of there being a place for new experiences appeals to the seniors. As they will have the opportunity to try the Moroccan coffee (containing Moroccan spices).
The Vice President over Marketing and Communications, Cheri Mussotto-Conyers stated to SHN, “Since hired in, there has been a drastic improvement in dinning quality.” Mary’s Woods could later bring in revenue through catering.
Hood is pleased with the campus at this time but stated that “There will be additional terms in the future, and everything will be aligned to the organization’s mission.
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