May 20, 2009
With the closing of Nazareth Nursing Home in 2007, Catholic Health created “Nazareth Campus” and an opportunity to breathe new life into this beautiful facility located on North Street in the city’s historic Allentown district. Already home to Catholic Health’s Continuing Care corporate offices and the Continuing Care Foundation, the building’s remaining administrative offices and a former nursing home unit have been renovated to accommodate additional corporate offices from throughout Catholic Health.
“We have many corporate departments taking up valuable space in our hospitals – space that is needed to expand clinical programs and services,” said David Vitka, Vice President of Facility Planning for Catholic Health. “By moving these departments to the Nazareth Campus, we are creating a centralized location for many corporate functions while providing a valuable re-use for the Nazareth property.”
Renovations began in the fall of 2008 to transform the resident rooms into functional office space. Catholic Health corporate offices that have moved to the Nazareth Campus include Facility Planning & Property Management, Care Connection, Quality & Patient Safety, and Materials Management.
Nazareth Nursing Home became part of Catholic Health in 2001. “We owe a great deal to the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, who established Nazareth Nursing Home in 1947 and took such great care of this facility over the years,” said Chris Kluckhohn, President & CEO of Catholic Health Continuing Care. “After the Berger Commission forced the closure of the nursing home, we knew there was an opportunity to create something positive on this campus that would help support our mission for years to come.”