JUNE 18, 1998


FORT WORTH, Texas ‹ Fort Worth is now home to one of the largest sites in the nation for research, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, as St. Joseph Gardens, a 176-bed inpatient and outpatient care facility, opens June 25.

This facility is a result of a public private collaboration among the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Harris Methodist Southwest and the nonprofit Heritage Geriatric Housing Development Corporation, a Texas subsidiary of Heritage Housing Development of Beverly Hills, California.

An invitation only, ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce will begin at 4 p.m. June 25, followed by brief remarks from community leaders, including Texas State Representative Glenn Lewis. The event will end at 7 p.m. Tours of the new Alzheimer's care and research facility will be conducted. St. Joseph Gardens is located in the former St. Joseph's Hospital, in Fort Worth's central hospital district.

St. Joseph Gardens is expected to bring together the largest patient base for research in Alzheimer's Disease in the country. When fully operational, St. Joseph Gardens will include:

Eventually, the collaboration will see 10-15 sites throughout Texas linked to St. Joseph Gardens. Care will be provided to an estimated 2,000 residents in various long-term care settings, with thousands more monitored through day-care and community outreach services.

All sites will be tied to St. Joseph for the implementation of standardized Alzheimer's Disease research, including set protocols for conducting clinical trials and basic science research studies, high standards for resident care, with medical and nursing staff specifically trained to address the physical, mental and psychological needs of the Alzheimer's resident.

The public is welcomed to call St. Joseph Gardens at (817) 332-5455 for more information or to arrange a tour.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center seeks excellence in medical education, research and patient care. The center includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a public health program, a physician assistant studies program and nine research Institutes for Discovery. Its 112 member faculty group practice, The Physicians & Surgeons Medical Group, manages the care of 176,000 Fort Worth-area residents yearly. Almost half the funded research programs at the health science center are related to aging.

Health Care Holdings, L.P., is an integrated healthcare services company and the management company that operates the Heritage Geriatric Centers of Excellence. Health Care Holdings, L.P., coordinates and delivers specialty health care services to the elderly ‹ to the chronically ill in a long-term acute care hospital, to those suffering from Alzheimer's, and to those requiring outpatient behavioral and rehabilitation care.

Harris Methodist Southwest opened its doors to serve the residents of southwest Tarrant County Oct. 30, 1987. Located in the suburban southwest section of Fort Worth, Harris Methodist Southwest offers care to the people of southwest Tarrant County and portions of Johnson, Parker, Hood and Palo Pinto counties by providing a broad range of quality medical services. Services include a full-service 24-hour emergency department, both progressive and traditional options in maternity care, a convenient, extensive mall for outpatient services and complete inpatient care.