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Greenfield contracts with Pratt to have office in its new assisted living home

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Doug Nevitt, left, regional executive director at the new Greenfield home, and Bob Alexander, chief executive at Pratt, took part in today’s ribbon-cutting.

Greenfield Senior Living cut the ceremonial ribbon this afternoon on its third assisted living facility in the region and its first in Spotsylvania County.

Residents are scheduled to arrive next month at Greenfield Senior Living of Spotsylvania, a 66-bed home on Onyx Court near Massaponax.

Greenfield has contracted with Pratt Medical Center to place a Pratt office and full-time nurse practitioner, Kimberley Rea, in the center. It’s the first time that Greenfield has offered an in-house, advanced-practice provider in one of its communities.

“This is a whole new model for assisted living care,” said Kevin Bonello, director of communications for Greenfield.

For Pratt, the arrangement is also a first, though similar to one it has with the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fredericksburg. Pratt has a family practice office within the rehab hospital, and Dr. Joseph Paquette, a Pratt doctor, serves as the hospital’s medical director.

“It’s a book that doesn’t have a final chapter. This is fairly innovative,” said Bob Alexander, Pratt’s chief executive officer.

Pratt is not a financial partner in the ownership or operation of the new center, Bonello said.

The new Greenfield facility will have a 34-bed locked unit for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Other seniors will reside in a separate 32-bed wing. About a third of the beds have already been spoken for, said Dave McHarg, Greenfield chief executive. All of the beds in the home will be for private-pay residents, rather than those supported by Medicaid.

Based now in Falls Church, Greenfield was founded in the Fredericksburg area about 10 years ago. It owns a dozen senior communities in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, including two other facilities in the Fredericksburg area, both in Stafford County.

Greenfield’s newest home was once known as MicAnd Assisted Living. Greenfield purchased the building and 3.7 acres last year for $2.75 million. It just completed a $1.5 million renovation.