Sage Living at St. John's Health

This year, we are so grateful for gifts large and small, which is why we created the “Sage Living Wish List” to enhance the resident experience at Sage Living.

By making a gift today, your support will provide residents with art easels, dining place settings, mailboxes, wall clocks, and more!

Click here to visit the Sage Living Wish List!

Jackson’s new skilled nursing facility

Sage Living will be the only program in the Jackson Hole area to provide long term nursing care, featuring private rooms, a memory support neighborhood for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and an acute physical and functional rehabilitation program for those recovering from stroke, traumatic injury, and illness such as COPD and heart failure.

Sage Living will replace the Living Center, a 5-star facility rated by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). After three decades of providing exceptional care, we’ve outgrown the current facility and space. Our award-winning care will continue at Sage Living, and build upon the new resident-centered model.

  • Sage Living will be comprised of:
  • 72 beds
  • long-term care neighborhoods
  • memory support neighborhood
  • 16-bed transitional care unit for short-term rehabilitation patients

Sage Living Construction Updates

St. John’s will post construction updates and milestones as Sage Living is brought to life.

January 2020:

  • The foundation work and underground utilities are nearing completion.
  • Concrete slabs for the east and west wings will be poured.
  • The webcam shows one elevator/stairway shaft. The second one will be poured in late January.

December 2019:

  • Section 3 of the foundation will be poured this month. The pour includes the southwest corner of the basement and an elevator.
  • The last pour of the foundation, section 4, will close up the basement wall. It is expected to happen in January.
  • Crews are starting to install the plumbing and electrical in the basement. In mid-December, watch for vertical steel framing.
  • Special safety precautions are in place to make sure that the crane does not interfere in the airspace when helicopters need to take off and land.
  • The community is invited to the Living Center on Friday, December 13, 2:30-3:30 for a holiday open house featuring trees donated by Soroptimist.

November 2019:

  • The foundation for Sage Living is being poured in four sections. Section 1 and 2 have been completed, and the forms for section 3 are being installed. Once the pours are done, and the cement has cured, the crew will start backfilling the hole around the foundation, using specialty foam blocks in addition to dirt.
  • We are grateful for the generosity of Orsetto, who donated proceeds from their two-for-one dinners to the St. John’s Health Foundation in support of Sage Living.
  • At the Living Center, ten staff members were trained and certified in the principles of the Eden Alternative. Kate Wienman, MA, CCC-SL-P, and Beth Furlong RN, BSN, were both certified as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainers by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

October 2019:

  • Our remarkable staff recently received the results of our annual licensing survey — the surveyors found zero clinical deficiencies after an exhaustive two-day visit to assess compliance against hundreds of regulatory standards for long term care. And, this month we were notified that we were again named a Best Nursing Home by US News & World Report. We look forward to moving our exceptional programs into our new state-of-the-art home and offering important new services for our community once construction is complete.
  • At the Sage Living construction site, the basement has been dug, utility lines have been moved, and footings have been put in place. The next big step is the pouring of concrete for the walls, which will begin before the end of the month.

August, 2019:

  • Setting utilities for Sage Living. The former parking lot has been demolished, and rather than being taken to the landfill, the asphalt from it is being ground up and repurposed as an emergency egress sidewalk for the Living Center. When it is no longer needed, it will be reused as a base for the parking lot for Sage Living.

July, 2019:

  • Sage Living Ground Breaking Ceremony on July 18th
  • St. John’s Board of Trustees approve contract with GE Johnson
  • New parking lot on Redmond Ave completed to replace the parking areas now in the Sage Living construction zone.

February 2019:

  • Demolition of old day care building to make room for Sage Living construction

Live Construction Webcam

About Sage Living

Sage Living will replace a facility that is three decades old and, despite earning a coveted “5-Star” rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is straining to meet current community need, due to its institutional configuration of shared bedrooms and bathrooms, long halls, communal showers, and numerous uses of common space. All residents and patients in the new facility will have private sleeping suites in a homelike environment.

After a series of intensive committee meetings and public input sessions for predesign and programming, the board voted at a special public board meeting on April 5 to accept the recommendation of St. John’s strategy committee to build a 72-bed facility. The center will provide two 20-bed, long-term care neighborhoods and a memory support neighborhood.  Hospice care will be available in all three long-term care neighborhoods. In addition, the center will house a 16-bed transitional care unit for patients requiring short-term rehabilitation after a surgery or other medical event such as stroke.

Some companion suites, featuring private sleep areas and shared in-suite bath, will also be available to accommodate interest in this type of living arrangement. Within the individual neighborhoods, there will be spaces for community meal preparation and dining and socializing. The facility will also feature a flexible common space with a small café and areas for a wide range of life-enriching programming. Highlights include wellness, educational, and cultural activities, all of which support the Living Center’s Eden philosophy of supporting seniors in respectful and dignified aging. The Living Center is the only Eden-registered facility in the state of Wyoming.  (

“The engagement of our task force, staff, board committees, residents and families, and other community members is really remarkable,” said CEO Paul Beaupré, MD. “Combined with the expertise of the architects and strategic business planning partners, I’m confident that this community effort has allowed us to pinpoint our focus to a scope and program that will serve this community very well.”

“I’m pleased that we were able to finalize a project scope that gives us the opportunity to flex our spaces for future needs. This is vital, since long-term care is part of an increasingly dynamic continuum of senior care services. By focusing on flexibility of spaces, we will be able to open the new center with more capacity than we originally planned,” said St. John’s Medical Center Board Chair Cynthia Hogan. “The Trustees are very comfortable that our business plan for the new center represents the best possible intersection of fiduciary responsibility for the acute care hospital and affiliated programs with the desire to offer a modernized new home for community seniors requiring residential nursing care.”

About Anderson Mason Dale Architects

St. John’s Health’s board of trustees and hospital staff are confident in the selection of AMD, a 50-person Denver-based firm that was the American Institute of Architects’ 2017 Firm of the Year in Colorado.

The project team includes David Pfeifer, principal in charge, John Graham, project manager, Paul Haack, design principal, Bill Brummett, senior living planner and Beth Mosenthal, project architect.

For over 40 years AMD has provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. AMD were the architects of Jackson Hole High School. Twice AMD has been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

From AMD:

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.





To express gratitude, she gifts her canvases; one surgical team at St. John’s was the beneficiary of a small bear sketch. Her room at the Living Center greets guests with art; her paintings and portraits of herself ever exuding elegance.

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Key Benefits and Features


A Place to Call Home

The best practice model for senior living and care is a facility designed based on a household model. This means living spaces — private bedrooms and bathrooms for residents — and social places for visiting with family and friends and hosting group activities.


Memory Care

Individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia have specific safety and programming needs that require dedicated care and spaces designed for their comfort and safety. The household model facilitates an environment that improves their overall well-being.


End of Life Care

The Living Center helps residents and families gracefully transition at the end of life. For those in semi-private rooms, hospice care is a challenge and privacy is an issue. The addition of private rooms will give families the space they need in these critical moments.


Private Rooms/Baths

Private residential spaces with individual bathing facilities offer privacy and dignity. Private rooms also provide clinical benefits with evidence of fewer infections, better sleep, and less disruption of residents.


Dedicated Short-Term Stay (Rehabilitation)

Many community members need short-term rehabilitation before returning home. Sage Living’s conguration will provide a rehab-specic area that can focus specifically on this specialized short-term care.


AMD Pre-Design Renderings

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