Villa St. Joseph in Baden plans new addition

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A 2,500 square-foot addition to Villa St. Joseph in Baden will enable the facility to expand its outpatient therapy department and cafe.

About 75 people attended Friday's ground-breaking, which used four different shovels from previous groundbreaking ceremonies on the campus — the chapel in 1923, the convent in 1953, the activities building in 1963 and Villa St. Joseph in 1995.

Construction is expected to be finished in October.

Villa St. Joseph is a residential nursing care and rehabilitation facility. Established in 1997 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the staff cares for as many as 120 residents at a time and provides medical and therapeutic services for more than 400 people a year. There are 220 employees, 80 volunteers and auxiliary members and a 15-member board of directors.

The $800,000 project will be funded by grants, private donations and other revenues.

Executive Director Mary Murray said the expansion “continues our tradition of rehabilitation excellence and extends our compassionate care to persons with rehabilitative needs in our local communities.”

The outpatient therapy department “helps individuals achieve optimal function to live life fully,” says the news release. The new addition will house physical, occupational, speech and neurological music therapy services.

The first-floor cafe will be enlarged to serve more people and provide a new gathering space for residents, families and staff. The area is being redesigned to be used to offer wellness education programs for the community.

The building design is by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and will be build by Mistick Construction Co.

Among participants at the groundbreaking were A. Gary Chace, president of the Villa St. Joseph board of directors; Sister Mary Pellegrino, congregational moderator;and Bill DiCioccio, former rehabilitation resident and outpatient at the facility.

Linda Wilson Fuoco: or 412-722-0087.

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