Episcopal Church Home and Episcopal Retirement Services have announced some exciting changes that the ECH community will undergo in the coming years. These changes will allow ECH to continue its mission and legacy of serving older adults in a person-centered, innovative and spiritually based way as well as respond to changing market trends and consumer preferences.
Approximately every ten years, ERS undergoes what we call a Master Plan for our communities which reviews market trends and evaluates current and future residents’ needs and preferences. The result typically leads to renovations, the construction of new buildings, and/or the establishment of new services. ECH also has a rich tradition of innovation to meet the needs of older adults in the Louisville area. Whether it was the construction of the healthcare building on Westport Road in the 1970s, the expansion of the campus to include innovative memory care neighborhoods in the 1990s, or the addition of Dudley Square patio homes in the 2000s, ECH has reinvented themselves and gone through several Master Plans throughout the years.
To undergo the Master Plan work, we assembled a team of ERS and ECH leaders as well as industry experts. This team has been hard at work for more than a year defining the parameters of the project, collecting data including demographics, market trends, consumer preferences and a facility assessment and developing a plan.
We are excited to share that ECH has developed a bold vision to reimagine the campus for its current and future residents. ECH will do this by creating more intimate, person-centered healthcare households that meet consumer preferences and will be supported with dynamic programming and therapies. We will also expand the number of independent living patio homes along with additional amenities not seen at ECH in the past. Based on the facility assessment, demographics and competitive data and our desire to continue to offer high-quality care for our residents and families we have come to the difficult conclusion that the original healthcare building is no longer sustainable and we will be making the following upgrades to the ECH campus (refer the numbers listed below to the areas on this map that can be downloaded):
The cornerstone of our community, St. Luke Chapel (7) will remain where it currently sits on the campus and continue to offer interdenominational services for all of ECH’s residents and the community. Additionally, a new and exciting dining venue will be created in the administration building (8) that will cater to the entire campus and offer the latest in dining trends to our residents and guests.
These exciting changes will begin in the Spring of this year and end in approximately three years. We will continue to provide information as the project advances. We will do everything we can to make the transition as smooth and problem-free as possible for our residents as we create a better living experience for them along with an enhanced work environment for our staff.
We understand you will have additional questions about the renovations and the impacts it may have on yourself or your loved one. We commit to meeting with our residents and family members on a regular basis, particularly as important milestones in the Master Plan process present themselves. Should you have questions please contact Beverly Edwards, Executive Director of ECH, at (502) 736-7802 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, click here to view a presentation from our President & CEO, Laura Lamb, which provides an overview of the ECH Master Plan.
Click on the image below to view the upcoming ECH Master Plan.
We have developed a list of expected questions for residents, family members and staff and have created a booklet to help answer them. Click here to download this booklet which reviews our plans, expected timelines and more.