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Aug. 6, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Health System has entered into an agreement with The Society of the Sisters of Christian Charity of New Jersey to purchase the Holy Family Convent at 1 Montour Street. Geisinger plans to convert two of the residential floors in the six-story convent to general office/conference space and construct additional surface parking.
The 19.18-acre, four-building property has been owned by the sisters since 1898, and the six-story retirement residence/personal care home and chapel were built in 1969. Last year, the sisters announced their intention to relocate the approximately 60 residents at the convent to a new facility in Mendham, N.J., and placed the property on the market.
The target closing date for the sale is September 1. The current residents will continue to occupy the remainder of the buildings under a lease arrangement for up to 36 months from closing until the Mendham project is completed and the retired sisters are relocated. The sisters also intend to relocate the 147 graves in the on-site cemetery to another location.
“This purchase will benefit the Sisters as well as Geisinger and Danville,” said Geisinger Health System Chief Support Services Officer Robert Davies. “The property has been on the market for more than a year, and with this sale it will continue to be an active part of the local community.”
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 413,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.