Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Louis join Duluth's Benedictine Health System to co-sponsor housing

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet [St. Louis, MO] have joined with the Benedictine Health System of Duluth, Minn., to co-sponsor the sisters’ Nazareth Living Center in South County.

Nazareth offers skilled nursing and assisted living care on an 11-acre, 272-bed residential campus. The co-sponsorship agreement became effective July 1. The Sisters of St. Joseph will continue their Catholic sponsorship of Nazareth.

“This co-sponsorship allows Nazareth Living Center the opportunity to offer a continued quality of care while exploring ways to provide enhanced services to the community in the future,” said Sister Suzanne Wesley, a member of the sisters’ province leadership.

As part of the co-sponsorship agreement, Benedictine Health System is responsible for the management of McGovern Hall, the facility’s skilled nursing unit, and Gleason Hall, the assisted living unit.

The Benedictine Health System is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth and currently owns or manages more than 60 health care facilities in seven states.

“We look forward to working with their dedicated staff to continue providing the high standard of care to the residents and the community and sharing our knowledge and expertise in long-term care management,” said Dale Thompson, president and CEO of Benedictine Health System.

In 1869, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet purchased the land at the site of the present Nazareth Living Center to build a home for retired and infirmed sisters. In 1992, the sisters began offering skilled nursing and assisted living care at Nazareth to laypeople. St. Louis Review (Mo.)

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