Wellness Community to break ground in Victoria

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

Feb. 23, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2014 at 8:23 p.m.

Gulf Bend Center will officially break ground Tuesday at 11 a.m. on its Wellness Community at 1103 Nimitz St. in Victoria.

The 20,000-square-foot transitional apartment living community will rent 34 units to adults with mental illnesses and other chronic health conditions.

The living situation will foster healthy behaviors, including appropriate diets, exercise and supportive networks of friends and neighbors, said David Way, associate executive director of Gulf Bend Center.

"The community will also provide a place where public and private health care providers can treat our common patients," Way said.

When patients with multiple health conditions such as depression and diabetes go untreated, the utilization of costly services ultimately increases, said Don Polzin, executive director of Gulf Bend Center.

The Wellness Community will bend the cost curve of health care services by providing a continuum of care that will eliminate unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, Polzin said.

The center has raised $1.5 million and needs to raise an additional $2 million, according to a news release.

At minimum, the capital campaign will continue through the end of 2014, Polzin said.

Construction of the $3.5 million apartment community is expected to conclude in February 2015.

"It is uncommon in Texas and the nation for a community our size to have a Wellness Community designed and built like this," Polzin said. "This is something to be proud of."



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