January 11, 2020 | Roseau, MINN – LifeCare Medical Center has signed a purchase agreement of the former Dollar Savers Building in Warroad with the intent to renovate and become a community wellness center. “We have solidified the purchase of the building and are now ready to move forward with design and planning of a new Warroad wellness facility,” says Shannon Carlson, Chief Operating Officer at LifeCare Medical Center. “We started working with the owner of the 13,000 square foot building prior to the pandemic, and because of the health crisis, advancement on the purchase was delayed,” says Carlson. Working together, LifeCare Medical Center and Warroad Community Development, LLC (WCD) are excited to fulfill a community need that has arisen from the voice of the community. Both parties believed now was the perfect time to act. “The establishment of a community wellness center has been a consistent community request,” says Cyndy Renfrow, Executive Director of Warroad Community Development, LLC. “We are excited to see this vision become a reality through this partnership.” LifeCare Medical Center opened LifeCare Rehabilitation Services in Warroad in October of 1997, housing a fitness center as well as full rehabilitation capabilities for the Warroad area. This purchase will allow them to expand into a new building, offer more services, and offer the community new wellness opportunities. “The long-term strategic planning lead by the WCD, LLC in conjunction with the City of Warroad is impressive. It has brought enthusiasm and energy to Warroad. LifeCare is pleased to be a part of this revitalizing growth and development of the community,” said Keith Okeson, President and CEO of LifeCare Medical Center. A Warroad Wellness planning team has been established in conjunction with LifeCare Medical Center personnel for the purpose of assessing the needs of the community and then defining and prioritizing services and programming for the 13,000 square foot Wellness Center. This group will work with LifeCare Medical Center’s architectural firm to map services and required space to the building plans. The design and build out of the facility along with the wellness services and programming is expected to begin in early 2021 with an opening targeted for Fall 2021.