Mayo Clinic is partnering with a non-profit organization to build and manage two residential houses by its Saint Marys hospital campus for patients with mental illnesses.
The Sylvan C. Herman Foundation, which created the ClearView Communities in Frederick, Md., is driving the project as well as financing it. The plan is to build two houses on Mayo Clinic land along 14th Avenue Southwest, across from the Saint Marys Campus.
The homes are designed for individuals living with mental illness who are stable, but need additional support to manage their illness. Mayo Clinic staff members will offer residents on-site, around-the-clock support in a supervised environment. Each house will be able to accommodate six to 10 residents.
The program will use principles and treatment models developed by ClearView Communities, paired with Mayo Clinic's expertise. Residents will participate in activities that support community inclusion, including work, school and volunteering.
The facilities will be named the John E. Herman House collectively in memory of Sylvan Herman's son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and inspired the creation of the ClearView Communities treatment facilities.
There are three resident houses now operating in Frederick, Md, since 2011. A fourth is under construction. This will be the first ClearView project outside of Maryland.
"Sylvan Herman has had a personal relationship with Mayo Clinic for years," said ClearView Executive Director Dr. Eric A. Levine. "When thinking about expanding to a national presence, he thought where better to begin than with a world-class operation."
Discussions between Mayo Clinic and the Herman Foundation have been ongoing since early 2014.
"Mayo Clinic will support individuals and their ongoing care with this program as there is an unmet need for this kind of residential care," stated Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. Brian Palmer, who will serve as the John E. Herman House medical director. "We believe providing patients with resources like this in a residential setting like this will lead to better outcomes and ultimately help them in their recovery."
Construction plans and timelines for the project are still being worked out.
The house will be built at 335 14th Ave. S.W and 403 14th Ave. S.W., where two older houses owned by Mayo Clinic stood for many years. In 2001, Mayo Clinic demolished the 91-year-old home at 403 14th Ave. S.W. and the 87-year-old home at 335 14th Ave. S.W.
"Due to significant structural issues, Mayo Clinic has decided to demolish these vacant properties," said Mayo Clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson in 2011.