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Blessings for two Calvary developments in Adelaide

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The $40 million redevelopment of Calvary Flora McDonald retirement community at Cowandilla was officially blessed and opened yesterday.

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The modern residential care facility provides 153 beds to cater for a range of resident needs, including a Vietnamese-specific wing.

Flora McDonald resident Pattie Coverlid welcomed the 250 guests at the ceremony, with the chair of the National Board of the Little Company of Mary Health Care, the Hon. John Watkins AM, declaring the facility officially open. The building was blessed by Vicar General Father Philip Marshall.

Bryan McLoughlin, national director Calvary Retirement Communities, said that the development of Flora McDonald was a “unique opportunity”.

“It is not every day that you acquire a service on June 1 and then achieve practical completion on the final phase of a $40 million development just four weeks later. The physical environment that we stand in today is a testament to the foresight of the Sisters of St Joseph and the board and management of Mary MacKillop Care,” he said.

Mr McLoughlin acknowledged Badge Constructions, Brown Falconer Architects and Turner Townsend Thinc, along with the other associated consultants who contributed to the project over the three-year construction period.

Fr Charles Gauci with outgoing Calvary Health Care CEO Mark Doran (right) and incoming CEO Martin Bowles.

Meanwhile, Calvary Health Care’s new South Australian office on Wakefield Street was also opened and blessed yesterday.

Outgoing CEO Mark Doran reflected on the journey of the organisation over the past decade and commended South Australia’s operations and its continual focus on “putting people at the centre of everything we do”.

“People are what this organisation is about,” he said, before cutting the ribbon and officially opening the office that will house employees from several areas, including Calvary hospitals, community care and retirement services.

Father Charles Gauci blessed the building and gave thanks for “God’s continuing presence within our caring community”.

“In particular, we pray that God’s presence will guide the integration of our Calvary services to enhance the work of the many people located in this facility to further improve the outcomes of the clients and patients we serve,” he said.

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