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Winchester Home Replacement Now Open in Mundelein

Post Date:07/17/2020

After more than 150 years, a new era in skilled nursing for Lake County residents is now available in Mundelein with the opening of a new facility to replace the former Winchester House long-term care facility in Libertyville.

All of the 98 Winchester Home residents and staff recently transferred to the new 185-bed Thrive of Lake County, a state-licensed facility built on a former driving range at Route 45 southeast of Route 83 in Mundelein.

“Different name, same people,” said Brad Haber, principal with Innovative Health LLC, the developer and owner of the $30 million project.

“The Village of Mundelein warmly welcomes Thrive into our Mundelein community.  Based on our interactions with the team, thus far, we know their patients and residents will receive great care and hopefully feel right at home in their resident-centered new surroundings. The building is beautiful, functional, and meets a need for senior services.  We are very pleased that they selected Mundelein as their new home,” said Steve Lentz, Mayor.

“The Village of Mundelein has been excitedly awaiting the opening of this new, state-of-the-art facility to serve a multitude of health and residential needs in our community and the surrounding area.  Mr. Brad Haber and his team of highly qualified professionals have been excellent to work with during the planning and construction process.  On a recent tour of the facility, it was apparent the passion and level of care the team has for every detail.  We look forward to seeing this transfer over to the care the residents and patients will receive at Thrive,” said Amanda Orenchuk, Director, Community Development.

Building Highlights:

  • 185 beds
  • Three wings with post-operative care, long-term skilled nursing, and memory care.
  • 94,500 SF Single-Story Transitional Care Center/Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Short Term Stay Skilled Nursing Facility – Full I-2 Construction with Illinois Department of Public Health
  • 69 Private Units, 58 Semiprivate Units
  • Full Kitchen and Laundry Services
  • HUD Financed Project

The building has been under construction for 18 months. Thrive of Lake County has 56 beds for long-term residents and 50 memory care beds. Nearly all those beds have been taken by current Winchester House residents.

“The new element offered at the new Thrive location is 79 beds for short-term, inpatient rehab. That portion of the business has a separate entrance and will operate independently, Haber said.

“There literally is nothing like this in that area,” he said. Thrive just opened a short-term rehab facility in Lisle and plans to open one this fall in Aurora.

Most of the short-term rehab rooms in Mundelein are private with individual restrooms and are equipped to have oxygen pumped in, he added, making them a suitable COVID-19 relief valve for hospitals, if need be.

Winchester House opened in 1847 as a poor farm and evolved into a long-term, 24-hour skilled nursing facility. The building on the Lake County campus in Libertyville is nearing a half century old and renovations were determined to be too costly.

Transitional Care of Lake County, an entity of Rosemont-based Innovative Health, has operated Winchester House under contract with Lake County since Aug. 1, 2015, and was selected to build the replacement.

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