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February 1, 2013

New health center set to open in Avon

AVON — Mainstreet Property Group and Life Care Services have broken ground on their latest health and wellness center.

Wellbrooke of Avon, a 66,350-square foot facility, is expected to open in July across County Road 100 North from IU Health West. A $14.4 million development, it's expected to bring up to 100 full-time jobs and up to 300 during construction.

Its design is considered a next-generation model for health care, especially when compared to traditional nursing homes. Dennis Dechow, vice president of development for the Indiana-based Mainstreet, said that latter concept started in the 1960s.

"At the time, the model was to give care similar to a hospital, where all the care was brought to your room," Dechow said. "With our model, we provide a number of social areas within the building."

Those include a game room, theater, cafe, multiple restaurants, even a pub. Residents will also go to a rehabilitation facility within the building rather than stay in their rooms.

"Our thought was to provide those opportunities for people to get out of their rooms and work to get better and get home," Dechow said.

About 70 percent of Wellbrooke of Avon's residential apartments will be for short-term care. The rest will have a more assisted-living component. Those are decorated with a kitchenette, large bathroom, and separated living room and bedroom.

"That can vary by the level of care you need," Dechow said. "There is a menu of options the operator provides."

Mainstreet executives have known their counterparts in the Des Moines-based LCS for years and discussed collaborating on a next-generation care model.

"This was born of familiarity, where our teams knew about their level of care and what they offered," Dechow said. "They heard about what we're doing. Since our executives and theirs had already made a connection, it was natural to ask how we could partner."

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