Co-Sponsorship of Nazareth Living Center Announced

SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET AND BENEDICTINE HEALTH SYSTEM ENTER INTO CO-SPONSORSHIP OF NAZARETH LIVING CENTER

On July 1, 2009, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet of St. Louis and the Benedictine Health System of Duluth, Minn., entered into a co-sponsorship agreement of Nazareth Living Center, an 11 acre, 272 bed long-term care campus offering skilled nursing and assisted living in south St. Louis County.

The Sisters of St. Joseph will continue their Catholic sponsorship of Nazareth Living Center.

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 of St. Joseph expanded the facility's mission to serve laypeople.

The Sisters of St. Joseph and Benedictine Health System not only share a common commitment to long-term healthcare but a mission to minister with compassion and respond creatively to the needs of aging persons as well.

"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," says Sister Suzanne Wesley, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph province leadership.

"We are excited about this opportunity to partner with the Sisters of St. Joseph in the sponsorship of Nazareth Living Center," said Dale Thompson, president/CEO, Benedictine Health System. "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."

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have faithfully served a world in need for more than 350 years. Today more than 1500 sisters and 600 lay associates carry on this mission with provinces, vice-provinces and missions located in the United States, Peru, Japan and Chile. For more information, visit www.csjsl.org.

A leader in Catholic health care, the Benedictine Health System is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minn. The Benedictine Health System currently owns or manages more than 60 health care facilities in seven states. For more information, visit www.bhshealth.org.

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