Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital will soon have a spectacular new place of worship, meditation and reflection on its grounds. Six years after the hospital’s chapel was claimed by expansion on the campus, St. Joseph Hospital will celebrate the construction of a new chapel with a blessing and groundbreaking on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. (Media wishing to attend should contact Lisa Contreras, Carondelet’s Sr. External Communications Consultant for details at 520.444.6600 or lcontreras@carondelet.org)

The hospital’s chapel had to be removed in 2006 during the construction of a 5-story medical pavilion to house state-of-the-art women’s care services, labor and delivery, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Carondelet Neurological Institute. Over the last few years, the hospital has utilized rooms on the facilities’ fifth floor for worship and meditation while plans were made for the new chapel.

Carondelet Foundation will host the March 21 evening blessing and ceremonial groundbreaking. The Foundation has been pivotal in fundraising for the chapel since the decision was made to construct it solely from donations. “Funds have come from a variety of sources. In addition to several crucial major donations from individuals and foundations,
hundreds of Carondelet employees, nurses and physicians stepped forward to support the project,” said John Gimmler, Senior Major Gifts Director of Carondelet Foundation. Gimmler notes that to date $1.3MM of the $1.5MM fundraising goal has been met.

The project, and the tremendous commitment by Carondelet associates and the community to raise the needed funds, has been featured in Catholic Health Association’s national newsletter. According to
Gimmler, nearly $60,000 has been raised from associate pledges over the last year. Chuck Pettis, Chair of the Foundation’s Chapel Campaign Fundraising Committee, praises associates and all the individuals and donors whose commitment and devotion to the hospital are making the chapel construction a reality. “In a tough financial environment, this has been a nice breath of fresh air. The chapel will be a beautiful place for quiet meditation, and a wonderful addition during this 50th anniversary year of the hospital.”

The new chapel will be located in a unique spot on the St. Joseph Hospital campus. It will be built in a currently open space behind Outpatient Admitting and below a third story expansion of surgical suites that accompanied the Medical Pavilion development. The chapel will incorporate the original stained glass windows and altar, as well as several other furnishings saved from the last chapel.

“This beautiful place will provide comfort and peace for many,” said Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, who will participate in the blessing and groundbreaking celebration. “I am glad to be part of such a happy occasion at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital."

Carondelet Foundation raises and manages private support on behalf of Carondelet Health Network and its faith-based ministry. Visit www.carondelet.org/foundation or call (520) 873-5000.

About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, non- for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education, and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 131 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in Nogales, Arizona, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Carondelet family of services also include nearly 20 primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2011, Carondelet provided nearly $52 million in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.