The grants will support the creation of a Senior Assessment for Independent Living (SAIL) Center and the enhancement of an acute care for the elderly (ACE) Unit at St. John Hospital. The outpatient SAIL Center will offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment plans for elderly patients with complex conditions that result in significant improvements in their quality of life and independence. As a medical-surgical unit within the hospital devoted to caring for adults age 65 and older, the ACE Unit employs an interdisciplinary team model to develop patient-centered care plans. Both facilities will be named in honor of Wilson, the late owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, who died in 2014.
The grants are the first to be awarded in Michigan through the foundation's 2015 Transitional Legacy Grant Program, which will disburse one-time grants totaling $60 million to causes that resonated with Wilson. They include healthy lifestyles; early childhood and youth development; education, training, and success for young adults and working-class families; education, training, and support for caregivers; and community development, regional economic growth, and nonprofit sector productivity.
"We are extremely grateful that St. John Hospital & Medical Center is one of the organizations that Mr. Wilson cared about and generously supported, and we are privileged to be among those carefully selected to receive these exceptional legacy grants," said St. John Providence Foundations president Susan Burns. "This generous commitment will allow us to better serve the unique needs of our growing senior population."