DeWitt could soon be home to a new assisted living community providing memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services.
The possibility is contingent on a $5 million capital campaign.
The new community would be managed by WellSpire, a joint venture of Wesley Life and Genesis Health System. WellSpire currently manages Westwing WellSpire Place, and the goal would be to replace that facility with the new community. It would be called Fieldstone of DeWitt.
The name stems from input from DeWitt residents who were surveyed by developers. They said the name should convey a connection to the area’s topography, Clinton County’s agricultural nature, and reflect “strength, community pride, and heritage.”
WesleyLife and Genesis in July 2019 announced their decision to join forces. WellSpire features a 60-40 split, with three Wesley Life representatives taking a majority interest on the company’s five-person board of directors. WellSpire oversees all senior living facilities in the Genesis Health Systems footprint, including the new community.
Officials have expressed interest in building the community in DeWitt near Westwing WellSpire Place and the Genesis Medical Center, possibly in the field directly behind Pizza Hut. However, no property acquisition has been announced.
The project is contingent on the capital campaign, which is still in its early organizational stages, said DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation Director Robin Krogman. She said the board plans to release more info about the campaign’s plan, leadership and early donors soon.
“My (foundation) board has always — I can’t even say how long – embraced the idea of getting more senior living here in DeWitt,” Krogman said. “The board is really excited about this project and seeing it moving forward.”
Chad Vogel, WesleyLife’s vice president for philanthropy, said WesleyLife and the community of DeWitt, together, can bring the project to life.
“We are honored to work with leaders and members of the DeWitt community on this critical project, and it is our hope that the new community will be a point of pride for the city and for Clinton County for generations to come,” Vogel said.