Trilogy Health Services held a groundbreaking ceremony March 9 on the site of the new location for their current health campus, Scenic Hills Care Center, in Ferdinand.
The new public nursing facility will be located at the corner of St. Benedict Drive and East 5th Street, on property leased directly from the Sisters of St. Benedict. The sisters will retain ownership of the land, and will continue to provide services for their Benedictine sisters in the 17-bed Hildegard Health Center in the monastery.
Several officials spoke at the public ceremony.
Randy Bufford, CEO of Trilogy Health Services, said, “. . . to the sisters, we’re very excited to be partnering with you further. We’ve enjoyed our relationships over the years, and there’s going to be magical things and experiences that come from being up here on the hill with this great location.”
Rhonda Warner, southwest divisional vice president, Trilogy, said, “Although our new community will be beautiful and have amazing amenities, it’s going to be much more. Like the Monastery Immaculate Conception, what matters most about our new campus will be the people inside . . . (we thank) the Sisters of St. Benedict, your partnership is invaluable and inspiring, not only to this community but to the Trilogy organization. . . .”
Deana Chambers, executive director, Scenic Hills, said, “. . . I want to thank Trilogy and the Sisters of St. Benedict for working so hard on giving our residents and this community a new home to provide compassionate care for many years to come.”
Ken Sicard, Ferdinand town president, said, “When you get the choice site here in town to build a house to move your moms and dads and friends and relatives into, and help satisfy our community’s growth, it’s a tremendous day in the town of Ferdinand. . .”
Sister Barbara Lynn Schmitz, prioress, Sisters of St. Benedict, said, “On behalf of the sisters, we’re delighted that you’re here. We finally got to this day, and we’re happy that it’s going to happen, and we’re about to extend our mission a little further, in being able to provide the land for this great new center. I think it’s been a need for a while. I think it’s a need that we would like to help meet in this area, and we’re thrilled that we’re working with such wonderful people to make this happen. So we ask you for your prayers for this, for those that will build the building, but most of all we ask you to pray for the people who will occupy the building, and that we will be able to meet the needs of the seniors in this area . . .”