After several years of planning and construction, St. Clare will host a dedication and blessing of their new building on Tuesday, November 1st.

The 30 minute ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. with brief remarks by St. Clare’s administrator Mary Beth Daigneault; Jeff Lipshires, Vice President, Behan Bros; Governor Gina Raimondo and then a blessing and ribbon cutting by Bishop Thomas Tobin.

Master of Ceremonies for the event is Christopher Boyle, St. Clare – Newport Advisory Board Chair. Guided tours of the building will be available for attendees following the ceremony.

The event will celebrate the completion of the “New St. Clare”, an expansion and renovation that has added 13 skilled nursing beds, 40 new independent/assisted-living units, an adult day care program, a memory care unit and a dedicated rehabilitation program to the existing 47-bed skilled nursing facility on Spring Street.

A new building, along with an underground parking garage has been built on the west side of the property and the existing nursing facility will now be completely renovated. St. Clare’s distinctive and beautiful stone chapel with adjoining convent, built in 1916, will be restored and serve as the centerpiece of the new facility.

The event is open to the public, if you would like to attend this event, please R.S.V.P. to by Oct. 25, 2016.


The renovation transforms St. Clare into a “small house” model nursing care facility. It improves upon traditional skilled nursing home models by adding assisted/independent living facilities and altering size, design and organization to create a warm, welcoming community environment. The renovation will enhance our staff’s ability to provide privacy, autonomy, support, comfort and dignity to elders and their families. The project will create household living environments that offer residents private rooms and baths arranged around a central living room, kitchen and dining area. This design will allow St. Clare to provide services to elders in a home setting.

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