Located in West Philadelphia, St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center was founded in the 1950’s by Father John Mitchell, pastor of St. Ignatius Church, who saw a great need during his pastoral visitations. St. Ignatius has grown from a small house next to the rectory to a city block of long and short term nursing care, rehab services, respite care, personal care and housing for the West Philadelphia community.
Timeline of the History of St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center
1952 – Founded by Father John Mitchell in an effort to help elderly, sick parishioners in need. He purchased a home next to his rectory and brought in volunteers to care for them.
1956 – The need became so great that the vacated St. Edmonds Home for Crippled Children located at 44th and Haverford Aves. was purchased and Residents were moved in, soon filling the building.
1956 – The Holy Rosary Sisters of Ireland became the administrators of the Home and the Philadelphia Archdiocese made it an officially licensed nursing home.
1968 – Ground breaking to start building a new facility.
1971 – The current building was opened.
1986 – The sponsorship of St. Ignatius Nursing Home was transferred to The Felician Franciscan Sisters, an order of Sisters originating in Poland who dedicate themselves to their sacred mission to care for those in need. The Sisters began their journey in Hope in the 1860’s under the legacy of their foundress Blessed Mary Angela.
1986 – The first Felician Sisters arrive led by Sister Mary Agatha Cebula who served as Administrator with John Meacham staying on as Assistant Administrator.
2003 – Angela Court I was developed on the vacant lot behind the Home and funded by low income tax credits. Angela Court serves low income elderly with housing and services provided by St. Ignatius Nursing Home and community agencies.
2005 – John Meacham is named Administrator, Sister Agatha becomes Director of Mission Integration.
2008 – Angela Court II was built, phase 2 of Angela Court development and now I and II offer a total of 121 apartments to low income elderly in the West Philadelphia Community.
2012 – St. Ignatius Nursing Home changes its name and logo to reflect the addition of the rehab unit being built on the 2nd floor of the Home. It is now known as St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center (STINRC)
2013 – STINRC dedicates the new Rehab Unit and officially opens the solarium and Healing Garden
2014 – Sister Agatha retires as Director of Mission but maintains a presence living in the 5th floor convent.
2016 – Susan McCrary is named President/CEO as John Meacham retires after 34 years of service to STINRC.
2017 – Sister Veronica Lucero, a Felician Franciscan Sister, is named Director of Mission Integration.
2019 – Groundbreaking for Francis House, a personal care facility for low income frail elderly. It is adjacent to Angela Court and will serve Residents who need some help with activities of daily living but not 24 hour skilled nursing care.
2020 Summer – Francis House opened, giving the St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab urban campus an almost full block of elderly services at every level of care for low income West Philadelphia community members.
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