Friends and supporters of Good Shepherd Nursing Home gathered at a special ceremony Tuesday to watch the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, bless the home's new residential wing.
The newly-renovated unit features 16 single rooms and is part of the home's ongoing project to expand and renovate the building and improve the quality of life for its residents.
"As you walk through these great facilities, you realize creating comfort levels and making it cleaner and nicer for the residents is what we're supposed to do," Bransfield said. "All of this will be a great enhancement of health and care and what you can deliver to them. ... This will soon be occupied by wonderful people who are well-cared for and their lives will be nicer."
After delivering a brief prayer at the ceremony, Bransfield then blessed the new unit with holy water.
The unit will allow Good Shepherd to eliminate the few remaining triple-occupancy rooms within the building. The area previously had been used as a physical therapy unit, employee cafeteria, staff development classrooms and office space. These departments have been relocated to other places in the building.
The project was funded through a $1.1 million grant funded by the Clara Welty Trust.
The Welty Corp., which operates Good Shepherd, is also building apartments for the spouses of residents inside the Good Shepherd complex, as well as renovating all resident rooms at The Welty Home.
Later this year, Good Shepherd will construct a new dietary department to improve food delivery to its residents and ground will be broken on Welty Village, a series of 12 townhouses located on National Road in Wheeling.