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The Crossings celebrates its grand opening

By Staff | May 31, 2016

Business leaders, members of the Lee County medical field and new residents gathered at The Crossings at Hancock Creek to celebrate the formal grand opening of the 118-room assisted living facility in North Fort Myers at 3501 Hancock Bridge Parkway.

The event featured good food and wine, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and tours of the facility, where people got to see models of the rooms in which residents will live.

Pam Cutsuries, area director of operations for Saber Health, which owns and runs the facility, said there aren’t many communities like the Crossings in the area, especially one that includes a 32-bed memory care unit.

“Our goal is to help the community and transition those who need our services into this community who may not want to drive 10 miles away,” Cutsuries said. “We have competition, but we have a good area because there isn’t much here.”

The Crossings held a soft opening in March, and currently 15 residents live there. As more people move in, more jobs will become open, with more than 65 people to be employed at capacity.

Dahlia Black, executive director at The Crossings, said she hopes by the end of the year the facility will be at or close to capacity.

“Not only do we provide excellent care, but it’s a well-needed addition to North Fort Myers,” Black said. “With regards to the other communities, we can accommodate a lot more because it is an aging community.”

Among those in attendance was County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, who said many more facilities like this are being requested throughout Lee County.

“The highest permitted projects in Lee County were assisted living. We’re seeing the need here. This is a great time in North Fort Myers and is another asset here in Lee County to bring more business here,” Pendergrass said.

The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce was there to cut the ribbon. President Jeffrey Houfek toured the facility and was impressed.

“It’s well put together, very organized, and really nice top to bottom. They’re a member of the Chamber and already involved in a couple committees,” Houfek said. “I hear they’re already talking about doing another one and I like the idea things are all-inclusive (for the memory care) so people know what their cost will be.”

Besides the memory-care unit, there are also assisted living facilities, with studio and one-bedroom areas. Studios start at $3,700/month plus whatever care level the person needs.

Amenities include three meals and snacks per day, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, utilities, cable, a variety of activities and other basic services.

Memory care is $5,200/month and is all inclusive.

The residents like what they see so far, and expect things to get even better as more seniors make the move.

“It’s beautiful. We have great care and the people are as nice as they can be,” said Eva Centers. “The food is good and Chef Rick does a great job. I hope this is a great success for them.”

“My eyesight is getting pretty bad, but I can see all these people. The companionship of meeting people is great. You’re not always by yourself,” said Virginia Smith, who was the first resident at the Crossings. “I was here alone for three says and had nobody to talk to.”

For more information about the facility, call ?(828) 482-0591?.