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Catholic Eldercare to open $10M transitional care center in Northeast

Updated: July 7, 2016 - 3:53 pm

Senior housing provider Catholic Eldercare is expanding its Northeast Minneapolis campus with a $10 million transitional care facility set to open this fall.

The project, which saw a groundbreaking last October, will add a 24-bed transitional care unit (TCU) that will primarily serve elderly patients with chronic conditions.

Dan Johnson, president and CEO of Catholic Eldercare, said the area is currently without such a facility and the new expansion will serve the growing populations of downtown and Northeast Minneapolis.

“Catholic Eldercare did not have a short stay service, nor is there a fully dedicated one in the wider community we serve,” he said in a statement. “Our purpose is to provide that care, plus the housing and services needed by older adults to live fully, with dignity, within a caring community. Transitional care moves us that much closer to fully meeting our mission.”

The facility will admit patients from area hospitals and other care providers, Johnson said. Patients would stay in the facility for an average of about 18 days, he added.

The 23,000-square-foot building will offer an array of amenities like a café for visitors, a private green space and a hydro spa. It will create approximately 40 jobs.

The project joins the multi-building Catholic Eldercare campus at 149 8th Ave. NE. There the company has a 150-bed nursing home, 53 apartments of assisted living, the 150-year-old St. Anthony of Padua Chapel and its adult day program.

“With the new Transitional Care Unit, Catholic Eldercare will continue to expand its mission and the way it has served the community for the past 30 years, especially its oldest members: parents and grandparents, neighbors, members of our parishes and churches and those who’ve worked a lifetime for area businesses,” Johnson said.

Catholic Eldercare expects to admit the facility’s first patients Oct. 1.