Blessing and Opening Ceremony Held on November 5
On Monday, November 5, Saint Agnes Hospital will host a private blessing and opening ceremony for its newly constructed Hackerman-Patz House – a 13,000 square foot, two-story building that is the new home for the Daughters of Charity, founders of the hospital in 1862. The new building will transition over time to welcome families of long-term treatment patients who require temporary housing. The event is open to members of the media.
Philanthropists Willard and Lillian Hackerman donated $2 million to make the new Hackerman-Patz House possible. It is one of five in the region.
Construction began in March 2011. The Daughters of Charity moved into the house in late October 2012. The group of 9 previously lived in the hospital’s old nurses dormitory, which was constructed in the 1950s.
Their new home includes a chapel, 16 sleeping quarters with private bathrooms, a kitchen, community room, and dining room. Unlike the sisters’ old quarters, the Hackerman-Patz space includes handicapped accessibility throughout, more generous communal quarters, computer connectivity, and a private garden.
“It is exciting to open this wonderful facility, that was made possible by the very generous gift from the Hackermans,” says Bonnie Phipps, president and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare. “It will allow us to continue to have a significant presence of Daughters of Charity on our campus to guide our work.”
“A house is made by bricks and stone but a home is made by those who dwell within,” says Sister Vincentia Goeb of the Daughters of Charity, who serves mission integration at Saint Agnes Hospital. “We have so much for which to be grateful for, not only with the beautiful Hackerman-Patz house, but also for the transformation of the Saint Agnes Hospital campus to better serve the mission of service to the community that the Daughters established here 150 years ago.
Whiting Turner Contracting Company was the project’s general contractor. They have also managed Saint Agnes’ $200+ million campus-wide expansion. The expansion includes a new patient tower (which opened in May 2011), new parking, renovations of the old patient tower.
Blessing and Opening Ceremony of the Hackerman-Patz House at Saint Agnes Hospital
Saint Agnes Hospital
900 S. Canton Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21229
Media guests should park in Parking Lot C. The Hackerman-Patz House is located in Parking Lot B to the left of Baltimore Medical System.
Monday, November 5, 2012
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Scheduled remarks and facility tour will take place as follows:
+ Greeting by Paul J. Chew, Vice Chair and Treasurer, Saint Agnes Healthcare Board of Directors
+ Invocation by Sister Ellen LaCapria, Daughter of Charity and VP of Mission Integration, Saint Agnes Hospital
+ Special Introductions by William C. Greskovich, VP of Operations and Capital Projects, Saint Agnes Hospital
+ Campus expansion by Bonnie Phipps, President and CEO, Saint Agnes Healthcare
+ Remarks by Willard Hackerman
+ Blessing of the Hackerman-Patz House by Rev. Patrick M. Carrion, Catholic Community of South Baltimore
+ Closing and champagne “bottle smash” christening by Sister Vincentia Goeb, Daughter of Charity and Mission Liaison / Mission Integration, Saint Agnes Hospital
+ Photographs, new facility tour and reception
Press interviews and photo opportunities are available with:
+ Bonnie Phipps, president and CEO, Saint Agnes Healthcare
+ William Greskovich, VP of Operations and Capital Projects, Saint Agnes Hospital
+ Sister Vincentia Goeb, Daughter of Charity and Mission Liaison / Mission Integration, Saint Agnes Hospital
Hi-resolution images are available to the press upon request.
About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 314-bed hospital currently undergoing a $200+ million expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Md. and is a full service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Institute, Maryland Metabolic Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Women’s & Children’s Health Institute. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.