All the Comforts of Home

October 01, 2002 | Pauline Deeb

The comfort of home is priceless. At Adventist Health, we know a retirement center must not only have the comforts of home, but the friendliness of a family.

That’s why we’re developing services to ensure that the needs of our seniors are met. Through joint ventures, Adventist Medical Center (AMC) is providing a premier retirement center for residents in Southeast Portland, and Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) is constructing a retirement facility to better serve seniors in its community.

CherryWood Village

Cherry trees dot the campus of CherryWood Village retirement center. The $37 million facility is located on the AMC campus, just east of the hospital and adjacent to the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A joint venture between AMC and Generations LLC, the center is comprised of 340 units, including seven cottages, three independent living apartment buildings, one congregate care building, and an assisted living area.

A host of amenities are available to residents, including a library, bank, computer lab, chapel, art studio, ice cream shop, entertainment center, beauty shop, cafeteria and restaurant. An 18-hole putting golf course is also located on the premises.

CherryWood’s health club is another hot spot on campus. The 75-foot lap pool, Jacuzzi spa, workout room, and fitness classes ensure many active days for residents.

“It is an exceptional retirement center for senior citizens,” said resident Marietta Hillenkamp. “The hospitality shown by the staff and their willingness to serve the residents makes this facility a special place to be.”

New Retirement Center in Walla Walla

In another joint venture with Generations LLC, WWGH will soon begin construction of a 250,000 square foot retirement center, which could be completed as early as June 2004.

Located on four and a half acres adjacent to WWGH’s campus, the $17.3 million facility will encompass nearly 192 units, comprised of assisted living apartments, independent living apartments and cottages.

Amenities will include a chapel, restaurant, health club and spa, computer room, library, and putting golf course. Free local transportation for residents will be provided.

“Our hospital family is looking forward to serving the residents of Walla Walla in this capacity,” says Morre Dean, president and CEO of WWGH. “The new facility will enhance our mission of reaching out to the community and better serving their needs.”

Updates regarding Walla Walla’s new retirement center will appear in future editions of the GLEANER. •

Pauline Deeb served as a summer intern at Adventist Health and is now a senior communication/English major at Union College in Lincoln, Neb.