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New care center to open this month, bringing 70 jobs

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's new $40 million care center is set to open later this month. The long and short term care center was built to look more like a resort than a nursing home.

After years of waiting and planning, it's almost time to open the Sam Swope Care Center on the Masonic Homes Frankfort Avenue campus.

"It is truly outstanding and different and very worthwhile. As people grow older not only do they have to live, but they have to enjoy life," donor Sam Swope said.

The nearly 200,000 square foot center was designed to look more like an upscale hotel than the nursing home it's replacing.

"Every aspect of what we have done at this new care center is to eliminate the institution," Gary Marsh, CEO Masonic Homes of Kentucky, said.

Six wings are designed to look like homes, all connected by a Main Street corridor with a library, café and shops. The design is all about making residents feel at home.

To take care of this new center and its residents, 70 people will be hired to join the more than 300 already on staff.

The exact amount of Swope's donation to build the center isn't being released, but we're told it's well into the seven figures.

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