Community donations are very much appreciated as the senior citizens in
the Gunnison Valley are set to benefit with a brand new $23 million facility
due to be completed later this year.
Gunnison Valley Health’s Senior Care Center Administrator Mary Blattner
said the new facility will feature 44 private rooms and three shared rooms
specifically designed for couples that open onto communal living rooms
and kitchens to encourage social gatherings.
“The Center will be broken up into three neighborhoods that are focused
on a community-centered approach to feature all of the comforts of home
while conveniently located close to their caregivers,” said Ms. Blattner.
“Our residents are excited about their new chapel, salon, work-out
room, multiple gardens and ample communal spaces to gather socially,” she said.
“Having a new Senior Care Neighborhood will not only improve the
wellbeing of our residents, it provides a place for them to call home,”
said Ms. Blattner.
Ninety-one year old Edith Rattner couldn’t agree more.
“It has been a lot of years in the making and to see it all come
together is terrific,” said Ms. Rattner.
Sue Vincent from Gunnison Valley Health’s Assisted Living could not
contain her excitement and gave the project a thumbs up.
“I just love it. The rooms are so big and there are so many windows.
I’m going to take Carl a violet as soon as he moves in. Carl can’t
grow them where he is now but he will be able to in his new home,” she said.
Gunnison Valley Health’s CEO Rob Santilli said the new facility and
community-centered approach to senior care living is on schedule and within budget.
“Thanks to the kind weather and the generous support to date from
our community the new Senior Care Neighborhood is expected to be completed
by October of this year,” said Mr. Santilli.
"We've taken on this project without any tax support and we are
confident this project will be a success," he added.
"This is the type of project we hope our community will supoport.
We do have opportunities for community members to invest in their future
by naming their own neighborhood or donating to the project.
Our aim is to create a unique community, a place where I would want to
live, that encourages social gatherings in a supportive environment,”
said Mr. Santilli.
If you would like to contribute to your future by naming a neighborhood
or donating to the Senior Care Neighborhood, please contact Tammy Scott,
Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Coordinator on 970-642-8406 or visit