Oak Ridge assisted-living center now locally owned

Bill Coen, standing, celebrates with wife Loretta, seated next to him, and his parents, across the table, at the luau party/ribbon-cutting. (Photo by Joy Tipping/Richmond News)

By Joy Tipping/Richmond News Managing Editor

The change from Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care to Oak Ridge Assisted Living & Memory Care might seem like a minor one — it’s just one word, after all.

But it actually represents a major shift in ownership, community connection and philosophy, according to administrator Chris Brown, who also oversees Richmond-based Shirkey Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Shirkey Hospice, Shirkey Premier Therapy and the Shirkey Foundation.

Oak Ridge now joins that group of entities, all nonprofit.

Oak Pointe, on the other hand, was part of ClearPath Senior Holdings, a St. Louis-based for-profit company that started the care center three years ago, aided by a tax-abatement agreement with the city of Richmond.

Harold and Helen Shirkey, who had a large farm along what is now Wollard Boulevard, had no children and donated their land for public improvements — land where you’ll now find Ray County Memorial Hospital and the hospice and rehab/nursing centers. The hospice offices reside in part of what was once the Shirkey family farmhouse.

“It was such a generous gift on their part,” Brown said of the Shirkeys, “and we want to honor their memory in everything we do.”

The full story appears in the Friday, May 18, edition of The Richmond News.

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