Sage Living

Preliminary architectural drawings for St. John’s Medical Center’s Sage Living show a two-story design.

In a special meeting Tuesday morning, the St. John's Medical Center Board of Trustees approved an expanded budget for Sage Living, the replacement for its nursing home and senior care facility.

Sage Living, which voters allocated $17 million for in a 2017 specific purpose excise tax vote, will now carry a total project cost of $45.1 million and a guaranteed maximum price of $37.4 million for construction, according to the motion submitted by Trustee Joe Albright. The five trustees present unanimously approved the higher budget, with Liz Masek and Linda Aurelio absent.

The original budget approved in the SPET election was $35 million, with voters covering $17 million, the hospital's capital probation budget $9 million and the St. John's Hospital Foundation $9 million. The foundation will cover the increase, St. John's Chief Communications Officer Karen Connelly said.

The expanded scope will accommodate an acute in-patient rehabilitation center, something that was not in the original designs. The acute rehabilitation center, which will include a therapy gym, would provide care for patients who need months of rehab, such as those with congestive heart failure or chronic diseases.

“Those are areas we weren’t able to offer before,” St. John's CEO Paul Beaupre previously told the Jackson Hole News&Guide. “We’re going to be able to offer them now because of this facility.”

See more in Wednesday's News&Guide.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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