By Tim Bishop
WHEELING—Bishop Michael J. Bransfield blessed and dedicated the Braddock Apartments in Wheeling July 23 at a special ceremony for its residents and their guests.
The Braddock Apartments comprise 15 one- and two-bedroom private apartments in a southwestern wing of Good Shepherd Nursing Home. The apartments were created for spouses and other close family members of Good Shepherd residents.
During the blessing, Bishop Bransfield spoke about the importance of keeping families close to their loved ones who are residents of the nursing home. “These apartments are a wonderful blessing,” he said, “not only for the people in Good Shepherd, but for their loved ones who can remain close to them and stay active in their lives.”
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Bishop Michael J. Bransfield stands with Donald R. Kirsch, administrator of Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling, left, and Sister Carol Pregno, provincial of the Sisters of Charity of the Good Shepherd, during the blessing and dedication ceremony for the newly opened Braddock Apartments adjacent to Good Shepherd.
The apartments are in an area that formerly housed the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. The sisters, who moved to other quarters at Good Shepherd, gifted their convent to Good Shepherd to enhance the quality of life of residents and their spouses or siblings.
During the blessing, Donald R. Kirsch, administrator of Good Shepherd, thanked the sisters for their gift. He then presented Sister Carol Pregno, provincial of the Sisters of Charity of the Good Shepherd, with a special gift of gratitude for their commitment to the residents of Good Shepherd.
The renovation was a $4.2 million dollar project, funded by the Clara Welty Trust to provide affordable apartments for people with a close family member who is receiving long-term care at Good Shepherd. Each apartment includes one or two bedrooms, a complete kitchen, living room, and a full bath that includes a washer and dryer. The apartment complex also includes a resident lounge on each of its three floors with comfortable furniture, a piano, large television and fireplace. Braddock Apartments residents are welcome to stay as long as they wish, even if their loved one in Good Shepherd is discharged or passes away.