I always like to point out to my wife that thanks to her December birthday in 1964, and my May birthday in 1965, the demographers consider her a baby boomer (born between 1946 and 1964), while I am of a younger generation. Obviously our 6 months age difference doesn’t really make much of a difference, it’s just one of those little jabs shared between married couples. The truth is growing up in the shadow of the boomers I was always one step behind as I watched them make big bucks in the real estate boom and then the stock boom, but as a city manager I’m hoping we can catch the boomer wave as they surf into their sunset years and look for quality health care and senior services.
Although it’s been more of a steady, quiet growth, one of Kent’s strongest business sectors in recent years has been medical services and some of our best development news has centered around health care and senior living. From the West River Medical Center and the Pain and Spine Institute to Robinson Memorial’s Devon Place campus, medical services is big business in Kent — and the aging boomers make up a big portion of the market demand.
Last year Robinson Memorial announced the opening of their one-of-a-kind medical imaging facility that showcases leading edge imagery technology and this year they announced their plans to expand their Kent campus again — in partnership with Summa — to broaden their rehabilitation capabilities.
ROBINSON MEDICAL RESOURCES IN KENT
Kent Medical Arts Building
401 Devon Place, Kent
Providing patients with a variety of outpatient services in one location.
- The Robinson Imaging Center of Kent
- Lab Testing
- General Radiology
- Osteoporosis Testing
- Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Services
- Physician Offices
- Internal Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Orthopedic Medicine
- General Surgery
- The Diabetes Care & Education Center
Robinson Surgery Center
411 Devon Place, Kent
Providing efficient and expert services to patients needing outpatient surgery.
Med Center One – Kent
1993 State Route 59, Kent
When you need after-hours and weekend care, turn to us. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m until 5p.m. No appointment is necessary.
- Urgent Care
- General Radiology
- Lab Work
- Occupational Health
Granted, seniors aren’t the only segment of our population that require imaging, surgery and rehabilitation services (I’ve been a patient myself) but there’s no mistaking the opportunity afforded by those aging boomers that rate the availability of quality health care as one of their top priorities.
Senior services is no cottage industry. In Kent alone we have a range of housing options aimed at seniors. KentRidge at Golden Pond (off SR261) is a signature facility that offers seniors the kind of lifestyle choices they’re looking for which helps Kent carve out a market niche in this growing demographic.
EXCERPT FROM THE KENTRIDGE WEB SITE
KentRidge at Golden Pond is designed as a premier senior assisted living residence. With the finest in amenities and personal services, KentRidge offers gracious living and unparalleled opportunities for our senior residents.
Our goal at KentRidge is to fulfill our residents’ individual needs and to enrich their lifestyle with dignified and compassionate personalized attention.
KentRidge at Golden Pond has chosen an assisted living concept founded on a common sense approach that embraces the highest of standards. For 18 years this concept has proven to be extremely successful in surpassing the residents’, as well as the families’, expectations.
For the individual who is seeking a comfortable, safe and private residence that also affords the warmth of companionship and the security of 24 hour personal and nursing assistance, KentRidge at Golden Pond is the perfect choice . As local owners and operators, we look forward to sharing with you our progressive approach to senior assisted living.
Crossings at Golden Pond – 136 Shaw Dr. – Kent, OH 44240
Make a carefree life your style at the Crossings at Golden Pond. This stunning new community is nestled within a picturesque area of Kent, Ohio offering four exciting floor plans to choose from, lush landscapes abundant with trees, shrubs and colorful flowers. These elegant ranch style homes offer so much to homebuyers; first floor living featuring an owners retreat and bath which is great for people who are looking for a home with the inconvenience of stairways, freedom from maintenance, a secure community and lovely surroundings.
Pricing from: $219,200
Square Feet: 1343-1964
These facilities bring good paying service jobs into Kent that are helping us chip away at the loss of manufacturing jobs. There’s no guarantee in any industry but the good news is it’s pretty hard to offshore health and senior services jobs to China or India, so the investments made in this industry are likely to stay here. And with the Cleveland Clinic just up the road, this region has exceptional name recognition in medical services.
As the boomer bubble moves further into the golden years, it’s our belief that these services are going to grow in demand. Our goal is to continue to lead in this area and steadily grow our service base to position Kent to take advantage of the growth potential afforded by the aging boomers.
Here’s a source of more information about the long term needs of the baby boomer generation from the Urban Institute: