Geriatric nurse caring for an older woman

Texas A&M Health Science Center partners with St. Joseph Health System to customize health and wellness care for seniors

April 29, 2015

Doctor examining a senior patient.The Texas A&M Health Science Center and St. Joseph Health System have partnered to develop a health and wellness center in Bryan, Texas, devoted to seniors. Known as the MatureWell Lifestyle Center, this two-story, 23,000-square-footcomplex will offer a single destination for healthy seniors to achieve their wellness goals and a platform to expand health care research and education for mature populations.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Texas A&M Biocorridor – a burgeoning epicenter of biotech development anchored by the Texas A&M Health Science Center Bryan campus – the MatureWell Lifestyle Center will complement the area’s array of developing retail and business entities that are customized to meet the unique needs of seniors and the professional community. While the amenities of the Center are still being developed, plans are underway to break ground later this year.

The partnership will providing a forum for research to improve the unique health care techniques for aging populations and utilize a team approach through interdisciplinary experiences at Texas A&M Health Science Center, led by the Texas A&M College of Medicine. This is exciting progress on the part of both St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Science Center to further the common mission of supporting the overall health and wellness of our community.

“As we continue to develop the Texas A&M Biocorridor as a national center for innovation and health transformation, we remain committed to advancing programs that benefit our patients and the health of our community,” said Brett Giroir, M.D., CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center. “The MatureWell Lifestyle Center, in partnership with St. Joseph, is a priority project that will enable the highest quality inter-professional resources from Texas A&M Health Science Center – including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals – to significantly improve the longevity and quality of life for our growing senior population. This efforts represents the first of many new initiatives for our faculty and students that will develop and implement novel clinical care delivery initiatives, including subspecialty programs, in collaboration with our clinical partner institutions.”

The St. Joseph MatureWell Lifestyle Center in partnership with Texas A&M Health Science Center will offer a single destination where seniors can achieve their health and wellness goals through a full range of services including health care specialists focused on the unique needs of older adults, a fitness area, diagnostic services, and an onsite pharmacy for prescriptions and medication education.

“The College of Medicine is fully committed to improving care for our geriatric patients, and will use this opportunity to improve the systems of care, diagnosis and management of geriatric patients. The goal is to keep the mature population active, healthy and vibrant in the community,” said Paul Ogden, M.D., interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. “Geriatric care is evolving. We will ensure that our students receive the best geriatric education, and that our faculty, and Texas A&M University can use applied research to provide the best care possible in partnership with the St. Joseph Health System.”

Baby boomers make up about 78 million Americans. As the oldest of them are now hitting retirement age, many have additional medical needs, which will have a marked impact on the U.S. health care system. As such, health care providers across the country are seeking opportunities to advance preventative care and effectively control chronic diseases before the “Silver Tsunami” hits.

“As more and more seniors move to Bryan/College Station to retire, and baby boomers continue to age, this new center puts us at the forefront of changing the way these individuals can achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals right here in our community,” said Kathy Krusie, CEO, St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

— Katherine Hancock

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