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Green House brings skilled nursing to Little Rock, AR

The Poplar Grove Green House offers homelike care in a community environment.

Capital Impact Partners made a $5 million loan to the Poplar Grove Green House project in western Little Rock, AR. The loan will help fund the construction of a 14-acre campus that will include ten 12-bed skilled nursing Green House homes, one short-term rehabilitation facility, and one administrative building.

The project will be built in accordance with The Green House Model. Each Green House cottage will include 12 private rooms, a dining space, a living room, a fully functional residential style kitchen, and a “spa.” The rehab facility will include a therapy gym that provides both occupational and speech therapy. The ten houses will be licensed as one skilled nursing home, although they will function as an intentional community with discrete clinical services, where residents have the highest degree of autonomy over their daily lives. All beds will be dually certified for Medicare and Medicaid, which will make the access of benefits more efficient for residents and allow them to remain in their own rooms.

This Poplar Grove project will provide much needed quality services in a market where occupancy at existing skilled nursing facilities is high and quality is mediocre. It will also increase access to a low-income population, with at least 40% of beds reserved for Medicaid-eligible residents.

The operator of the Green House will be Southern Administrative Services (SAS), a skilled nursing developer and management company with 37 skilled nursing facility clients across the state of Arkansas. SAS is regarded as a high-quality Green House operator and a vocal proponent of the model with AR state legislators and potential Green House adopters.

In addition to the social impact created for low-income seniors, the project is expected to create 224 temporary construction jobs and 130 permanent jobs.

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