Shoreview, MN (PRWEB) April 22, 2013
Ecumen, a Twin Cities-based leader in providing senior housing and services, recently opened a new senior living community in Omaha, Neb., that it developed with owner Esprit Memory Care. The project is the first of two third-party build-and-manage projects Ecumen will open in a twelve-month period in new market areas. The second project is located in Memphis.
Esprit Whispering Ridge, which opened in December is located in a growing area on the western edge of Omaha near West Maple Road. The community includes a three-story assisted living building and a one-level memory care building with connected outdoor gardens and beautiful views overlooking Whispering Ridge Park. The two buildings total over 100,000 square feet and offer 90 units of senior housing – 42 assisted living and 48 memory care apartments.
The Esprit Whispering Ridge grand opening celebration will take place Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17555 Emmet Street in Omaha. The public is invited to attend.
Esprit Memory Care is a subsidiary of Hegg Companies located in Sioux Falls, S.D. The group is committed to providing high quality housing, especially for those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Ecumen brings to the Omaha area its 150-year history and extensive experience in managing senior living communities. The company owns or manages more than 35 communities across the Upper Midwest and recently served as the project manager for GracePointe at Tabitha in nearby Lincoln, Neb.
Ecumen is known for its innovative efforts in changing aging and the stereotypes of growing older. The company’s work in reducing antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of people with dementia has garnered international attention, two recent projects have earned design awards from the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, and the company has been honored seven times as a “Best Place to Work” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
The Esprit construction project brought nearly 300 jobs to the area with an estimated payroll of about $5 million. Esprit Whispering Ridge has hired its local leadership team, plus over 20 direct-care staff. Additional staff added as more residents move into the buildings.
About 100 full- and part-time new jobs will be created in the area when Esprit Whispering Ridge is stabilized.
“That’s an economic impact in the $17-20 million range each year and doesn’t account for the supplies, food and other things purchased locally,” Steve Ordahl, senior vice president of business development at Ecumen, said.