Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) February 22, 2011
The Campaign to build a new St. Patrick’s Home has received some exciting news, and an one million dollar donation. The extraordinary gift from John and Jennifer Ruddy is the largest donation ever made in the 146 year history of the St. Patrick's Home, a well known Ottawa Long Term Care Home.
“I am joined by the entire St. Pat’s family in thanking John and Jennifer Ruddy for this critically-needed donation. Our dream of a new St. Pat’s will become a reality, in part, through this exceptional Gift” states Larry Kelly, the Chairman of the ten million dollar Campaign for the new St. Patrick’s Home.
St. Patrick’s Home is an important part of Ottawa’s history having been founded pre-Confederation by the Grey Sisters in 1865. Since then, it has supported generations of seniors and others in need of care.
“We are sincerely and profoundly grateful that the Ruddy family has chosen to assist with the eldercare crisis in our community by investing in our new Home. This remarkable Gift brings the Campaign total to $9.5 million. We are very well positioned to succeed in reaching our target of $10 million, thanks to John and Jennifer's generosity.”
In October of 2010, St. Pat’s officially announced plans to build a brand new, Class A, 288 bed Long Term Care Home. The new, modern facility will be located adjacent to the current building at 2865 Riverside Drive in South Ottawa. Moreover, the Home will create an inclusive and accessible place for our community’s elderly for generations to come.
The $10 million dollar Capital Campaign for the new St. Patrick’s Home will create features and amenities that would not be possible through baseline funding. Campaign Chairman Larry Kelly states “The Campaign will ensure that St. Pat’s will continue to be an extraordinary place for our community’s elderly. The Home has a solid and longstanding reputation for providing exceptional care, but it is critical and urgent that we build a new Home to better meet the needs of our seniors. Eldercare is one of our community’s #1 healthcare issues and we must come together to invest in this crisis. We are grateful to have community champions such as John and Jennifer Ruddy to partner with us in our ambitious and much needed Campaign”.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will provide baseline funding for the $55.4 million dollar facility. But community investment will be critical in order to realize a vision for a building that exceeds Ministry requirements in many key areas.
Construction of the new Home is to commence in the late Spring of 2011 as planning is well underway. Residents are expected to move in the Fall of 2013.
Mariette MacIsaac, Administrator, Trinity Development Foundation, 613.565. 5864 or mmcisaac(at)trinity-group(dot)com
Larry Kelly, Chairman, Campaign for the new St. Patrick’s Home 613.238.6321 or lkelly(at)kellysantini(dot)com
Jennifer Conley, Executive Director St. Patrick’s Home Foundation 613.260.2739 or mailto:jconley(at)magma(dot)ca
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