Second Phase of Cottages at St. Martin's in the Pines Nearing Completion
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Brasfield & Gorrie next month will complete the second phase of construction of the Cottages at St. Martin's in the Pines, group-living style home for seniors meant to de-institutionalize nursing homes.
St. Martin's in the Pines, which is affiliated with the Episcopal church, puts residents in 10-resident cottages where nursing assistants handle cooking, light housekeeping and management of activities. Medical professionals, including nurses, make regular rounds at the east Birmingham facility.
The system, called the Green House concept, was developed by Dr. William Thomas, a New York geriatrician, and has the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Terry Rogers, St. Martin's president and CEO, said the first phase, which opened in 2008, proved the concept in Alabama.
"We've seen remarkable improvement in resident and staff satisfaction levels, and staff turnover is down to record lows," he said. "Phase two allows us to provide this model of care for another thirty seniors."
The second, $5 million phase consists of a new 22,875 sq ft, three-story cottage with 10 seniors on each autonomous floor.
-The Birmingham News