St. Bernards Starts $14.5M Medical Complex Project

St. Bernards Healthcare of Jonesboro recently broke ground on a $14.5 million complex for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and those who need more care than an assisted living facility can offer.

The complex, called St. Bernards Villa, will add 40 workers when it opens, according to a St. Bernards news release.

Two of the three buildings on the 25-acre site in southwest Jonesboro will be for patients who require a higher level of assisted living care but don’t need a nursing home, St. Bernards said.

The third building will be for patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That building will have its own entrance.

The exterior of the buildings will be red brick, natural stone, buff-colored siding, gabled rooflines and screened porches. “Grounds will be manicured with pleasing landscaping, courtyards and walking paths,” St. Bernards said.

Assisted living residents will be able to choose from one- or two-bedroom apartments. The Villa also will have lobby areas, dining rooms, an exercise room and a beauty shop.

The first phase will have 45 beds.

The memory care center will have 30 apartments, and residents will live within a cluster of small groups “that foster a sense of community and encourage the involvement of family and friends,” St. Bernards said.

In Arkansas, there were more than 76,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, and that number is expected to grow to 100,000 by 2020, St. Bernards said.

The St. Bernards Foundation is trying to raise $5.5 million for the project.

Construction is expected to start in the summer, and the first phase should be ready for patients in the fall of 2014.

Jimmy Hudspeth Architect of West Memphis is the architect, and Nabholz Construction Services of Conway is the contractor for the project.