Shell Point completes Larsen Health Center

$78 million health care facility offers 200,000 square feet of private-room skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, and medical office space

Shell Point Retirement Community has completed the Larsen Health Center, an approximately 200,000-square foot facility that combines Shell Point’s health care services, including a comprehensive medical center, behavioral health suite, rehabilitation center, dental offices, pharmacy, and a 180-bed skilled nursing facility with private rooms and scenic views.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 13, 2022) – Shell Point Retirement Community is pleased to announce the completion of the Larsen Health Center, a $78 million, 200,000-square-foot facility that brings together all of Shell Point’s health care services, including a comprehensive medical center, behavioral health suite, rehabilitation center, dental offices, pharmacy, and a 180-bed skilled nursing facility with private rooms.

“Very few CCRCs are making investments in skilled nursing, but we’re bullish on it,” said Shell Point President and CEO Martin Schappell. “Locating all medical services within one facility accelerates access to care, enhances collaboration in treatment, and hastens the healing and restorative process. Shell Point made the financial commitment to this project because our residents deserve excellent clinical care, private rooms, and a hospitality-driven experience.”

Shell Point’s skilled nursing has received national recognition, including five-out-of-five-star ratings for overall service, quality measures, and staffing from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Within Larsen Health Center, a medical center includes exam and procedure rooms, on-site imaging services, and offices for Shell Point’s medical staff and specialty physicians. A therapy center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services in a dynamic open-gym concept, along with an occupational therapy home suite, a state-of-the-art aqua therapy pool, and private treatment rooms. A dental clinic, full-service pharmacy, chapel, meeting space, and cafe complete the first floor.

Dr. Carol Clark; Dr. Gary Goforth; Dr. David Nesselroade; Rachel Zellers, Director of Long Term Care; Jeff Cory, Legacy Foundation Executive Director; Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare; Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources; resident Dorothy Larsen; Adam Hinds, Vice President of Operations; Martin Shappell, President and CEO; Burke Rainey, Vice President of Finance; Lindsey Bryant, Director of Nursing; and Jason Smith, Senior Director of Amenities at the Larsen Health Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Floors two through six offer 162 private and nine companion skilled nursing rooms with 10-foot ceilings, expansive 8 x 9-foot windows, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers. Dining rooms and sunrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing water and nature preserve views. Each self-contained residential neighborhood accommodates 20 residents and offers a living room, activity room, lounge area, and a family conference room.

“Neighborhood spaces create a nurturing environment for socializing and activities and reflect Shell Point’s personalized approach to care,” said Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare. “Here, our healthcare staff, volunteers and caregivers have the tools and technology they need to provide our residents with the best possible care.”

A full-service salon for residents, an employee cafeteria, and administrative offices are located on the second floor.

Larsen Health Center’s contemporary interiors were completed by Wegman Design Group, who created award-winning designs for Shell Point’s Tribby Arts Center, Welcome Center, and several amenity and common space renovations around the campus. 

Shell Point’s Julie Nipper, Justin Schiff, Martin Schappell and Adam Hinds with Larsen Health Center project team members Kevin Mangan, Stantec; Steve Mason, Fiber Solutions; Dave Heuring and Mitchell Elliot, RDG Planning & Design; Lori Wegman and Meghan Kolund, Wegman Design Group; Kevin Winter, Johnson Engineering; Nick Pizza, Shane Bauer, Michael Thomas, Dennis Gallagher, Morgan Thie, and Nathan O’Donnell, The Weitz Company.

“Our goal in the Larsen Health Center was to create a space that would be welcoming to families, comfortable for residents, and supportive to staff,” said Lori Wegman, Founder and Principal of Wegman Design Group. “The interior design is inspired by nature, flexible and adaptable, accentuated with beautiful materials and mindful details. The beautiful surroundings of the Shell Point community are reflected and highlighted throughout the building.”

The Larsen Health Center project team includes RDG Planning & Design, The Weitz Company, Johnson Engineering, Stantec Consulting Services, and Fiber Solutions.

“The planning, design and construction process with the Shell Point team a rewarding experience,” said Mitchell Elliott, Principal at RDG Planning & Design. “Together, we will have an extraordinary impact on senior health care for years to come.” 

Shell Point broke ground on Larsen Health Center in September 2019. The facility is located in Shell Point’s Waterside neighborhood, which includes The Springs assisted living, Connected Living at The Springs memory care residences, and the Shell Point Welcome Center.

Shell Point President Martin Schappell, City of Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson and Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, an arts center, coastal-inspired restaurants and outdoor cafes, salons and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, along with miles of scenic walking and bike trails and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131


MEDIA CONTACT:

Shell Point Retirement Community: Kara Hado

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Shell Point reaches construction milestone on 44,000-square-foot arts center

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Photo 1: Shell Point residents and management sign the final steel beam at the Tribby Arts Center “topping off” ceremony held on Jan. 8.

Photo 2: A group of Shell Point residents, who helped raise money for their community’s new performing arts center, toured the construction site of the building that is set to open in fall 2020.

Photo 3: Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point, led a group of residents on a guided tour through the new 44,000-square-foot performing arts center, which will provide state-of-the-art work spaces, a 400-seat auditorium and more.

Photo 4: Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a topping off ceremony to mark the construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming.

(Front row, left to right): Shell Point residents Ken Saccaro, Deloris Wright, Linda and Bill Doty; Shell Point President Martin Schappell; Shell Point residents Joan Schlackman, Patricia and Michael Armstrong, Joan and Ron Edman, Marge and David Lee, Deborah LaGorce; Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point; Shell Point residents Richard Brown, Mary Buck, Betsy Conrad, Marie McCarthy, Carol and Bobby Mann, Richard Flinn. (Back row, left to right): Jeff Cory, executive director of Legacy Foundation at Shell Point; Mike Beaudette, superintendent of Gates Construction; Dave Erb, superintendent of Gates Construction; Marco Petretta, director of construction at Gates Construction; David Tropf, project manager of Gates Construction; Julie Nipper, project manager of Shell Point; Justin Schiff, director of purchasing and construction at Shell Point; Carolyn Darling, administrative assistant at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2020) – On Jan. 8, Shell Point Retirement Community held a “topping off” ceremony to mark the major construction milestone on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts as well as educational programming.

The celebration included more than 20 Shell Point residents along with members of Shell Point’s executive team. Each of the attendees signed the final steel beam that was hoisted into place to signify that the structure had reached its maximum height. Additionally, a guided tour through the semi-complete building offered Shell Point’s residents a chance to experience the new spaces firsthand. Representatives from the building contractor, Gates Construction, also joined in the celebration.

“Today marks a special day as we celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made on the Tribby Arts Center,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “This is going to be a wonderful addition to the many amenities that we have at Shell Point. With all of the available arts programs, the 400-seat auditorium and more, the potential for this building is limitless.”

A catered lunch was provided for the Gates Construction team to thank them for their efforts.

“Gates Construction is doing a wonderful job,” said Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point. “On average, there are 60 to 70 guys out here each day working hard through the heat, rain and all kinds of weather. Everyone is focused on the same goal as we look forward to the grand opening in fall 2020.”

When complete, the Tribby Arts Center will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, dance and theatre arts studio, literary lounge and arts library, and numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, stained glass and photography, plus a 400-seat, tiered theatre.

Additionally, the art gallery and shop will display and sell residents’ artworks and host a wide variety of exhibitions, and the Collectors’ Gallery will rotate art from residents’ own collections. Bonus features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a French bistro and a sculpture garden that will surround the arts center offering delightful spots to relax, read, stroll, create and enjoy art and music.

The Tribby Arts Center will join the long list of lifestyle amenities at Shell Point, which includes a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired restaurants, charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails. Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further information about the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point, go to www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point Hosts Serenity Cove Dedication Ceremony

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, hosted a dedication ceremony on Jan. 31 to celebrate the newly transformed outdoor area at Serenity Cove.

More than 1,000 Shell Point residents attended the Serenity Cove dedication ceremony to celebrate the transformation of the large, man-made pond area behind the Resident Activity Center on The Island at Shell Point. Guests also enjoyed a charming country-style picnic in the now modern, tranquil and scenic place of reflection. Lunch included fried chicken with all the trimmings, and was served on quaint, red and white tablecloth-clad tables amid the sounds of good old-fashioned bluegrass music.

The Serenity Cove beautification project was made possible by a generous gift from a Shell Point resident. The rejuvenation involved reconfiguring an existing island, installing surrounding seawalls and seat walls, and adding a water feature. The area now boasts wider walking bridges, shaded seating areas, enhanced landscaping, fresh turf, and updated irrigation. A new viewing platform and trellis feature were also constructed on the east side of the lake to complete the transformation.

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Shell Point hosts Grand Reveal and Afternoon Tea at The Arbor

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, hosted a guided tour of newly renovated residences within The Arbor on Jan. 29. Residents of the assisted living landmark located within The Woodlands neighborhood took in the lovely interiors on the first floor of the newly renovated building.

Friends and neighbors mingled as they sampled a variety of delicious savory and sweet items from the dining room buffet. Live steel drum music also drifted through the lobby throughout the elegant afternoon as attendees took in the building’s beautiful new interior design.

This is The Arbor’s first rejuvenation. Originally opening in 2005, the assisted living building now sports a soft grey background highlighted with crisp white trim, which serves as a backdrop to cool shades of blue, accented with pops of bright coral and teal.

“The Arbor has been completely transformed with a luxurious new look that enhances the building’s stately architecture,” said Martin Schappell, president of Shell Point. “The stunning new interior, inspired by Shell Point’s coastal lifestyle, is both elegant and comfortable, and will be enjoyed by The Arbor residents for years to come.”

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2018) — On Tuesday, January 30, Shell Point Retirement Community held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a $15 million amenity to be located near The Club at Shell Point. More than 450 people attended this event, which was held on the future building site.

“It is our belief that the Tribby Arts Center will not only enrich residents’ lives today, but also do so for future generations who will call this beautiful place their home,” said Jeff Cory, executive director of the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point.

The two-level, 44,000-square-foot center, dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming, will provide expanded and first-time spaces for artists to work.

The building will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, textiles, stain glass, and photography, plus, the 350-seat, state-of-the-art theatre-style Connie Brown Hall auditorium. Additional features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a French bistro, and an English sculpture garden.

The Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point is named in honor of the Shell Point resident who provided the initial gift to launch the fundraising campaign for the future performing arts facility. Currently $13.5 million of the $15 million campaign has been funded.

“The Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point is an embodiment of Shell Point’s mission to ensure, through thoughtful building and relevant programming, an exceptional quality of life for the residents we serve,” said Martin Schappell, president of Shell Point.

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Once completed the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point will join the long list of amenities that Shell Point residents and their guests enjoy, which include boating, championship golf with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, six restaurants, the Academy of Lifelong Learning, salon and spa, miles of walking and bike trails, fitness centers and much more.

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing in an active, resort-style environment for 2,400 residents. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

 

Community Thrift Store Offers 50 Percent Savings At Sixth Anniversary Sale

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 25, 2017) – Community Thrift Store invites Southwest Florida residents to celebrate its sixth anniversary during a storewide summer sale. The event will take place Tuesday, July 11, through Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 15501 Old McGregor Boulevard #2, Fort Myers.

During the sixth anniversary sale, bargain hunters will enjoy 50 percent off all items throughout the store. Enter the raffle for a chance to win prize giveaways, including free tickets to upcoming Shell Point Summer Concert Series performances.

Community Thrift Store offers boutique clothing, shoes, and jewelry; home décor, kitchen items, and furniture; as well as construction materials, appliances, and fixtures. Tax-deductible receipts are available for individuals or organizations that donate items to the store. Like Community Thrift Store on Facebook to learn about upcoming “steals and deals,” and catch the first glimpse of new treasures.

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Shell Point Retirement Community, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in Southwest Florida, opened the Community Thrift Store in 2011. The Community Thrift Store is located in Miner’s Plaza, next to Planet Fitness, on the corner of McGregor Boulevard and Gladiolus in the Iona area of South Fort Myers. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call manager, Erica May, at 239-225-6529.

Shell Point President Dys Retires; Martin Schappell Named New President

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( November 23, 2016)

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The Club at Shell Point Opens Doors

Sports, Wellness, and Social Amenities Just Minutes from Sanibel

Shell Point Announces New Director of Resident Life Laura Slack

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 16, 2016)

Shell Point Raises the Roof on $14 Million Clubhouse

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( May 10, 2016)