Sacred Heart to buy Jewish Home site

Sacred Heart University will buy the site currently occupied by The Jewish Home for the Elderly from Jewish Senior Services.

The 15.6-acre parcel on Jefferson Street will be transferred to Sacred Heart, which is adjacent to the property, for $16.5 million when Jewish Senior Services moves to its new intergenerational campus on Park Avenue in 2016.

“Sacred Heart University and neighboring Jewish Senior Services have worked collaboratively for over 40 years to educate health care professionals. That partnership will continue after the move,” according to a joint statement.

Currently under construction, Jewish Senior Services called its new facility the first “household” model nursing home in Connecticut.

Primary financing through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by the City of Bridgeport was completed in partnership with People’s United Bank Tuesday, April 29.

Construction on the new site is expected to take two years and be completed by spring 2016.

It will be named the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus at Park Avenue will be named in appreciation of their lead gift.

“The household model of nursing home care has a residential design and supports the philosophy of person-centered care,” Jewish Senior Services President and CEO Andrew H. Banoff said in a release. “Each household will include 14 private bedrooms and bathrooms for residents with a shared kitchen, dining and living room area, thereby improving the overall quality of life provided.”

The full range of Jewish Senior Services’ programs will continue to be offered on the new campus, including long-term care, short-term rehabilitation at the Goldstein Rehabilitation Center, outpatient therapy, geriatric assessment and an adult day program.

The new campus will also house offices for Jewish Senior Services’ programs offered throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties, such as home care through the Friedman Home Care Agency, hospice care through the Chaifetz Family Hospice, Institute on Aging, Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and Senior Choice at Home.

Jewish Senior Services plans to add assisted living at its new location.

“While we are a long way from taking ownership of the property, we are excited about beginning long-term planning for this land,” SHU President John J. Petillo said. “This property is surrounded on all three sides by Sacred Heart’s main campus and it will, in time, add immeasurably to the facilities we will be able to offer future students. Among other possibilities, I hope that it will provide a solution to our current shortage of on-campus housing for our students, which has been a topic of much discussion with our neighbors over the past few years.”

Sacred Heart University’s main campus has been adjacent to what is currently Jewish Senior Services since 1963. This is the single largest addition to its campus, currently covering 77 acres.

The university is building a new academic building on the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Avenue, scheduled to open in 2015, that will house the John F. Welch College of Business and Department of Communication & Media Studies.

Plans are also under way to build a Student Success Center across the street on Park Avenue.

About author

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© HAN Network. All rights reserved. Fairfield Sun, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress