MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tues, Sept. 13, to celebrate the beginning of work on an expanded and redesigned healthcare center. The healthcare building and renovation project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

The construction project will include renovation of Winchester Garden's existing 43,000 square-foot Pitney and Hardin Buildings, and a 25,000 square-foot expansion of the healthcare center to create "a more open and modern design," according to a release from Winchester Gardens.

The new facility, according to Winchester Gardens, will have four "neighborhoods," three which will be assisted living, and one which will be dedicated to sub-acute care.

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Each of the neighborhoods will have its own unique design elements and will include a dedicated dining room, activity rooms, and other common areas. The sub-acute neighborhood will "offer state-of-the-art care and will also include a physical therapy rehabilitation gym," stated a release from Winchester Gardens.

Winchester Gardens currently has 202 independent living accommodations and 115 assisted living (including 17 dementia) accommodations. When the healthcare buildling project is completed, the community will grow to 209 independent living accommodations and 72 total assisted living accommodations, broken out as 25 traditional assisted living, 27 assisted living long-term care, 20 assisted living memory care, and 30 Medicare and Medicaid certified skilled nursing sub-acute accommodations.

“We are changing how we deliver healthcare and investing in the community to accommodate specific growing needs,” said Anthony A. Argondizza, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Springpoint Senior Living. “This new healthcare center with its innovative resources will allow us to better serve our residents and seniors in Maplewood and the surrounding areas.”

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca participated in the groundbreaking ceremony and shared that Winchester Gardens has "really become a critical part of the larger community," adding that this renovation is a further example of their commitment "to providing services to the people of this community." 

De Luca also stated that the healthcare center renovation and expansion will held aide integration of Winchester Gardens residents into the Maplewood community, as many of the people who move to Winchester Gardens have not previously lived in Maplewood.

Winchester Gardens is a continuing care retirement community located at 333 Elmwood Ave. in Maplewood.

Photo caption left to right: David Woodward, SVP Operations, Springpoint; Peter Bolton, Winchester Resident and Trustee; Bob Frankenthal, Winchester Resident and Healthcare Advisory Committee Chair; Morrel Cohen, President, Winchester Resident Association; Victor DeLuca, Mayor of Maplewood; Sue Lippy, Winchester Gardens Executive Director; Anthony Argondizza, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Springpoint; Pam Smith, SVP Strategy & Marketing, Springpoint.