Last week, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that it was considering the sale of six of its Catholic nursing homes and one assisted-living facility.
In an article on CatholicPhilly.com, Archbishop Chaput said, “Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones. I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial foundations so that we can continue our collective good works.”
The article reported that the archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services’ annual report showed the nursing homes had an operating deficit of over $1 million in 2012.
The homes that would go for sale include Immaculate Mary Home, St. John Neumann Nursing Home, and St. Monica Manor, all in Philadelphia; St. Martha Manor, Downingtown; St. Francis Country House, Darby; and St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. The assisted living facility considered for sale is Villa St. Martha in Downingtown.
As part of the sale, the archdiocese would request that all current nursing home residents be allowed to stay, regardless of their payment status. They also hope to continue employment of those currently working in the homes.