Grand Villa Breaks Ground On Memory Care Building

By  //  September 8, 2014

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NEW ADDITION expected to open in 2015

ABOVE VIDEO: Gwyn Shick, Community Relations Coordinator for Grand Villa of Melbourne, talks about the new new Memory Care building that is expected to open in 2015.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A celebratory groundbreaking ceremony for Grand Villa of Melbourne’s new Memory Care building attracted a crowd of healthcare professionals, physicians and local dignitaries.

According to Gwyn Shick, Community Relations Coordinator for Grand Villa of Melbourne, the new building is expected to open in 2015.

Gwyn Shick

Gwyn Shick

“We plan to have about 30 to 40 memory care beds,” said Shick, Community Relations Coordinator for Grand Villa of Melbourne.

“The apartments will offer state-of-the-art care for our residents. We are so happy to have Mayor Meehan and many Brevard caregivers here at the ceremonial groundbreaking.”

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Dr. Rosemary Laird, right, with Sister Knox.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Rosemary Laird addressed the crowd, and noted that Brevard is fortunate to have Grand Villa take up the important challenge of offering specialized care for memory-impaired seniors, and build a true home for their residents.

Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan and Barbara Arthur of Senator Bill Nelson’s office also spoke to the packed crowd.

Senior Management Advisors is the parent company for the Grand Villa properties.

Steve Piazza

Steve Piazza

“The memory care building is a 26-unit addition,” said Senior Management Advisors CEO Steve Piazza. “Our philosophy and vision is to create a home-like environment and deliver the best care possible. Our team ensures we meet the needs of seniors – and those with memory care issues – with compassion, and with dignity.”

After Executive Director Brenda Jones and Piazza led the official groundbreaking, attendees were treated to a champagne toast and a meet and greet with the Grand Villa staff and local dignitaries.

For more information log on to GrandVillaMelbourne.com or call 321-328-8140.

BELOW PHOTO GALLERY BY CYNDI BYARS

SMA CEO Steven Piazza, fifth from left, leads the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Dr. Rosemary Laird, Brenda Jones, Mayor Kathy Meehan, Barbara Arthur, and SMA manager and team members.

SMA CEO Steven Piazza, fifth from left, leads the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Dr. Rosemary Laird, Brenda Jones, Mayor Kathy Meehan, Barbara Arthur, and SMA manager and team members.

From left to right: Grand Villa staff and management members  Jean Carter, Allison Mach, Brianna Seeley, Tammy Taylor, and Deborah Batts.

From left to right: Grand Villa staff and management members Jean Carter, Allison Mach, Brianna Seeley, Tammy Taylor, and Deborah Batts.

Brenda Jones, Executive Director for Grand Villa of Melbourne, gives welcoming remarks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Brenda Jones, Executive Director for Grand Villa of Melbourne, gives welcoming remarks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Rose Cavaliere, Owner of Comforts of Home, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony.

Rose Cavaliere, Owner of Comforts of Home, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony.

Hard hats and shovels await the official groundbreaking for Grand Villa of Melbourne's new memory care building.

Hard hats and shovels await the official groundbreaking for Grand Villa of Melbourne’s new memory care building.

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Steven Piazza, CEO of SMA, speaks on Grand Villa of Melbourne’s new memory care building plans.

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Marilyn Washburn and Lisa Laudato of Life Care Center.

From left to right:  Grand Villa representatives Jean Carter, Gwyn Shick, and Patty Arias

From left to right: Grand Villa representatives Jean Carter, Gwyn Shick, and Patty Arias

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Jason Hoppenbrouer of Wuesthoff Hospice and Yvette Jenkin of Sonata.

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Rosemary Laird addressed the crowd, and noted that Brevard is fortunate to have Grand Villa take up the important challenge of offering specialized care for memory-impaired seniors, and build a true home for their residents.

Renea Phenix of Cristal Palace with Jacquie Esterline of Levin Home Care.

Renea Phenix of Cristal Palace with Jacquie Esterline of Levin Home Care.

 

Steven Piazza, SMA CEO, joins Brenda Jones, Director of Grand Villa of Melbourne, at the company's groundbreaking ceremony in Melbourne.

Steven Piazza, SMA CEO, joins Brenda Jones, Director of Grand Villa of Melbourne, at the company’s groundbreaking ceremony in Melbourne.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Bridget Brown, and Caroline Johnson of Gentiva with Julie Rielly of Visiting Angels.

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Dr. Rosemary Laird, right, with Sister Knox.

Grand Villa embossed champagne flutes added to the celebratory feel of the event.

Grand Villa embossed champagne flutes added to the celebratory feel of the event.


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