Sage Living at St. John's Health
A paradigm-shifting building in which context-driven design supports meaningful experiences and connections for residents and the community.
2022 Engineering News-Record Mountain States, Best Projects Award – Health Care
St. John’s Medical Center
Sage Living replaces an existing Living Center on the St. John’s Medical Campus with a building that uses authentic, user-experience driven design to reinforce home, integrity, and community. While exemplary in care and service offerings, the physical condition and resident capacity of the existing facility was deemed unable to meet the needs of Jackson’s community, perpetuating an institutional setting with shared rooms with limited privacy and capacity. Sage Living replaces a hospital-like environment with a building that is both a home and extension of Jackson’s caring community; 72 private rooms are spread out across four neighborhoods, each with kitchen, dining, living, outdoor, and wellness-oriented spaces.
Throughout the building, authentic, context-driven design is used to communicate integrity and respect to all building users. Natural, tactile materials and generous windows overlooking a protected Elk Refuge and mountains create visual connections to Jackson’s vast, natural beauty. Referencing’s Jackson’s iconic Town Square, a centralized entry and gathering space provides a lively forum for staff, residents, family, and the extended community to come together for visits, enrichment and community programming, concessions and retail, and picture-window views of the adjacent Elk Refuge.
In addition to much-needed private resident rooms, the building facilitates expanded service offerings as well as centralized laundry and food services. Sage Living includes neighborhoods and program spaces that support long-term skilled nursing, short-term skilled nursing and in-patient therapy services following hospitalization, respite and hospice services, dietary services, dental care, pharmacy services, spiritual and volunteer services, and a robust life-enrichment program with varied activities for patients.