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News from Unity

Construction of Additional Senior Housing and Specialized Care Begins

In response to a community need for more senior housing and specialized care, Unity Health System will break ground today on a major expansion of The Villages at Unity.  Located on the Unity Park Ridge Campus, The Villages at Unity complex includes independent and assisted living apartments.  The project involves building a new assisted living community, opening a memory care unit, redeveloping common space between the communities, and building climate-controlled connectors between all buildings.   


“Retirement and assisted living communities in the Rochester area are in high demand,” said Sandra MacWilliam, executive vice president of Center for Aging & Continuing Care at Unity Health System.  “We are responding to that need, and the fact that seniors want and deserve residential options, social opportunities, and access to such things as exercise, dining, and computers.”


The multi-phase project will:

  • Add a 40-apartment enriched living community
  • Convert the Hamlet, the existing enriched living community, to an 20-apartment memory care center
  • Build a climate-controlled connector between all parts of The Villages at Unity
  • Add an exercise room for yoga, weight training, aerobics, and other life enrichment activities
  • Add a dedicated meditation room
  • Build a community center for enhanced life enrichment programs and additional dining options


Research and analysis shows that senior housing currently serves multiple generations, including the  “GI”, “Silent”, and future “Baby Boomer” generations, and that their needs and preferences vary. 


Currently, there are 352 senior housing units on the Unity Park Ridge Campus. The redevelopment project will add 30 units to the complex. Construction is expected to be complete in 2013.


 At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience.  We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital, located on the Unity Park Ridge Health Care Campus in the town of Greece and the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester.  Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Stroke Center, Brain Injury & Physical Rehabilitation, and Chemical Dependency.  Our Center for Aging has the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults which includes specialized care for dementia, a chronic ventilator unit, three skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a short-stay transitional care center, home health services, adult day programs, and The Villages at Unity – an independent senior living community.   ACM Medical Laboratory is a world leader of patient and clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and India, and lab partnerships across the globe.   Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our overall employee and patient satisfaction ratings and quality outcomes.  For more information, visit www.unityhealth.org.