Senior care and community campus supported by Wilson gifts

The community's senior citizens will receive enhanced care specially dedicated to their needs, thanks to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, which has awarded two grants totaling $2 million to Ascension St. John Hospital. The donations are supporting The Wilson Center: Senior Resources for Independent Living and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the hospital.

The ACE Unit is a medical-surgical unit devoted to caring for adults age 65 and older with a focus on safety, mobility, independence, management of geriatric symptoms, and prevention of the loss of physical and mental abilities.

The Wilson Center: Senior Resources for Independent Living offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment plans for complex, elderly patients with signs of cognitive impairment and/or functional decline in daily living activities. The outpatient center adjoins the Ascension St. John Medical Center - Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Campus in Grosse Pointe, which was supported with another $1 million gift from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

St. Clair Adult Medicine Specialists, PC, an internal medicine physician practice, anchors the Wilson Campus, which also offers outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation and occupational therapy with state-of-the-art equipment and several treatment areas. In addition, an imaging and diagnostic unit provides routine screenings, advanced diagnostic and imaging services, and lab work.

Ralph Wilson was a proud metro Detroiter, well-known philanthropist and former owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills; he passed away in 2014. Ralph and his wife Mary have also supported the telemonitoring, endoscopy and hospice programs at the health system.