Briefs: St. Therese plans senior care, housing complex in Woodbury

  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 4:50 PM

St. Therese, a faith-based senior care and housing organization, is planning to build a new 275-unit senior community in Woodbury, just south of the intersection of Radio Drive and Bailey Road in the Bielenberg Gardens retail/residential center now under development.

Guided by a rich tradition in the Catholic faith, St. Therese has been serving older adults and their families for more than 45 years. The Woodbury campus is scheduled to break ground on the first phase of the development in late fall 2013, opening its doors in late 2014 or early 2015.

The St. Therese senior community is the second major project planned for the site. Edina-based Jerry’s Enterprises Inc. — which operates 37 grocery stores in three states under the retail banners of Jerry’s Foods, Cub Foods, County Market and Save-A-Lot — plans to begin building a 68,000-square-foot store there in June.

The St. Therese project is a continuum-of-care model, meaning that whenever possible seniors receive a comprehensive array of health services on a single campus. The community will include one- and two-bedroom independent-living apartments as well as assisted-living and memory-care apartments with a variety of amenities and services.

Private nursing-care suites for long-term, memory and transitional care, including cardiac care, also will be available where residents will live in small neighborhoods. The living options will be connected by a town center with conveniences such as a chapel, movie theater, cafe, beauty and barber shop, and state-of-the-art wellness and rehab center.

“St. Therese is delighted to be expanding in the east metro,” said Barbara Rode, St. Therese president and CEO. “Woodbury is a progressive city supported by innovative leaders seeking the best options for their aging population. We look forward to serving all Woodbury and east metro area seniors and their families as they journey through the aging process.”



Globe University appoints leader

Globe University has appointed Jenna Goveronski as its new Veterinary Technology program chairwoman at the school’s Woodbury campus.

She has a bachelor of science degree in agricultural/equine science with a minor in biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She later earned an associate degree in veterinary technology.

“The more hands-on the better. Students learn and retain information better when they can actually be physically involved,” said Goveronski, who lives in Spring Valley, Wis.

Students in the veterinary technology program at Globe University work with animals early in the program, perform laboratory procedures and learn how to communicate with vets and pet owners.


Washington County

County’s SWAT team, negotiator honored

Washington County’s SWAT Hostage Negotiation Team was presented the top award last week by the Special Operations Training Association of the Upper Midwest, a nonprofit group of public safety officers dedicated to improving responses to crisis situations.

The county’s team, which includes officers from Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Stillwater, Forest Lake and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, was named Negotiations Team of the Year.

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