Reception and silent auction to get Wesley Homes proposed health center rolling

Wesley Homes Lea Hill is in the planning phase of a $7 million skilled nursing center, with 34 private rooms. - Courtesy rendering
Wesley Homes Lea Hill is in the planning phase of a $7 million skilled nursing center, with 34 private rooms.
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A skilled nursing center on Lea Hill, with 34 private rooms, grouped into "neighborhoods", where people near the end of their lives can get the care they need, shaped just for them.

A health center to serve not only the people of Auburn but also all of South King County.

The folks at Wesley Homes have been talking about it for a long time. Between 5 and 7 p.m. April 2, in the second floor assembly hall of the main lodge at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, an arts reception and silent auction gets the public fundraising part of the project rolling.

Longtime Auburnites Darrel and Barbie Sharrard have donated 40 pieces from their extensive art collection — most of them the works of Rie Munoz — for the reception and silent auction.

Wesley Homes Lea Hill is at 32049 109th Place SE.

The center is expected to cost $7 million, and between grants and other secured funding, the organization still must raise $2 million by philanthropic support, said Sten Crissey, director of fund development for the Wesley Homes Foundation in Des Moines.

"To us this is about dignity, about allowing patients nearing the end of their lives to have the privacy that dignity dictates, rather than have to share a room with people hard of hearing, who have a television blaring, and with n o ability for a family to communicate privately," Crissey said of the proposed center.

"... There are health centers in the Auburn area," Crissey added, "but this one will be cutting edge and distinct because it will have private rooms, and it will be affordable for people qualified for Medicaid and Medicare."

With the addition of the proposed health center, Wesley Homes Lea Hill will offer a full continuum of care. While people move there to live independently, the truth is that many of them need the help that only a skilled nursing center can provide.

People planning to attend should RSVP first by calling 206-870-1334 or by emailing

"Refreshments will be served, but basically it's drop in, giving people the opportunity to enjoy looking at the art works and if something strikes them, it will be available in the silent auction to follow."

No particular attire is required.

"Come as you are," Crissey said.



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