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Groundbreaking held for wing at Carmel Home

Oct. 31–The Carmel Home at 2501 Old Hartford Road broke ground on the 27,000 square-foot Pauline Steele Wing at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Sister Francis Teresa Scully, Carmel Home administrator, told the crowd gathered at the personal care and nursing home that the addition “is built on love” and “is God’s doing.”

The wing is named for the sister of Owensboro developer Bob Steele, a major benefactor for the project that will cost between $3.75 and $3.9 million.

The wing will include 23 more personal care rooms and seven for the skilled care unit at the Roman Catholic facility. The construction will create full, private bathrooms for all of the home’s personal care residents and more private rooms for those who require skilled care.

Other features are a new beauty shop, large break room for employees and exercise room for residents, staff and families.

“We’ve looked forward to this for 20 years,” Sister Francis said. “We had to wait that long for the chapel, too. And God did a good job on that.”

Steele gave the Carmel Home 16.878 acres on Villa Point just off of Kentucky 54. The May 29 auction of the land yielded $1.65 million for the home to apply to the new wing.

“The majority of this is because of his generosity,” Sister Francis Teresa said in recognizing Steele. “He gave us the push we needed, and the others stepped up and gave and gave and gave.”

All funds are expected to be raised by next week. The administrator told the crowd to look around the room to see others who played key roles in bringing the project to fruition. “And the residents have prayed and prayed and prayed.”

Tuesday’s ceremony also included a blessing by the Most Rev. William F. Medley, bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro.

Pauline Steele lived at the Carmel Home for several years. Some members of the Steele family were present.

“We are a close family,” Ruth Steele Reed said. “Pauline was such a special person, and this is a happy occasion.”

RBS Design Group is the architectural firm on the project, and Rusher Construction Company is the contractor. Both are Owensboro companies. The construction is expected to take 360 days from the official start.

This is the third phase of a series of improvements at the Carmel Home. The parking lot and chapel projects have been completed. A fourth phase in the future will include refurbishing older sections of the home.

Joy Campbell, 691-7299, jcampbell@messenger-inquirer.com

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