Healthy Aging Spaces & Places — a “dream team” is assembled

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New Community Center Part 3

March 2013: The University of South Florida School of Aging was hired to conduct focus groups. Dr. Kathy Hyer and PhD candidate Christy Haley interviewed groups of residents, potential residents, employees and community leaders affiliated with aging services. These preliminary meetings were crucial to discovering what amenities would be needed in the new center and what concerns our residents had.

July 2013: The Strategic Planning Committee on the Proposed Town Center – A motion was made and passed for recommendation to the Board to continue planning a community center that considers alternative revenue streams and enhances the security, safety, and fulfillment of care, services, and supportive lifestyle of residents living at FPH. Read Executive Director John Hehn’s proposal.

September 2013: Town Center pre-design meetings were conducted by local architect Steve Boyington. Residents were encouraged to attend meetings for topics they were interested in. The bistro/cafe meeting had the highest attendance. The other meetings discussed the desires of fine arts, small groups, wood shop, fitness, crafts and pool. Steve also presented a bungalow court concept for consideration. This is the area surrounding the current community center, which will be demolished after the new community center opens, allowing new residential homes to be built.

The biggest concerns voiced by community residents during the focus groups and the pre-design meetings were costs/debt and clearly defining who any “outsiders” would be that had use of the new facility. The names Town Center and Village Center did not resonate with our residents. Wellness Center seems to be a little limiting. The space will be about all dimensions of wellness and so much more. We are calling the building a community center now. What the devil do we name it?!

Nov. 2013: Executive Director John Hehn is really good at bringing people together and getting them excited about serving elders. He assembled a community center “dream team” together to discuss what the future of healthy aging should look like. John, Harry Pettit and several residents and staff members congregated in the board room for a lively discussion with the following healthy aging and hospitality experts:

  • Brianne Stanback Ph.D., Instructor and Internship Program Director, University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, Aging Studies, Tampa FL
  • Sheila J. Bosch, Ph.D., EDAC, LEED AP, director of research, Gresham Smith & Partners architecture firm, Tampa FL
  • Daniel Haight, MD, FACP, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Associate Vice President of Community Health, fifth largest hospital in the state of Florida with the busiest single-site Emergency Department in the state, Lakeland FL
  • Abraham Pizam, Ph.D., Dean, University of Central Florida Rosen School of Hospitality Management, Orlando FL
  • Ji-Eun Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hospitality Services, University of Central Florida Rosen School of Hospitality Management, Orlando FL
  • Denver Severt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hospitality Services, University of Central Florida Rosen School of Hospitality Management, Orlando FL

Sheila provided wonderful notes from this meeting.

Request for Proposal for architectural services are released.

This blog post was created by Public Relations Manager Jennifer Olivier.

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