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October 8, 2013

Alverno completes front entrance project

CLINTON — A new exterior will now welcome residents into the Alverno Health Care facility, and part of it will honor the Sisters of St. Francis.

The Alverno recently held a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting to commemorate the organization’s new front entrance. The project, which included the removal of the entrance wall that stood in front of the building for more than 40 years, began in July and was completed last week with the arrival of a Tree of Life sculpture, which was created in honor of the Sisters of St .Francis of Clinton.

The front courtyard now offers numerous seating areas, plantings and a pergola.

Alverno Administrator Libby Goodman said the new entrance became a reality through donations made to the Alverno Foundation.

“By taking down the brick wall, residents are now able to see the beautiful outdoor space from the inside hallway,” Goodman said. “Taking down the wall has done more than I imagined for our residents and staff. It has really opened up our world to the outdoors. Our hope is that residents, families and friends will sit outdoors to visit and enjoy the new space.”

At the center of the new space is a sculpture created by Missouri artist, Donald Horstman. Hortsman was commissioned by the Alverno to create a piece that would honor the dedication of the Sisters of St. Francis to the Alverno.

“We felt this outdoor space was the perfect backdrop for a sculpture commemorating their commitment to the Alverno over the years,” Goodman said.

The sculpture is a representation of the tree of life and stands 8 feet tall.

The Sisters of St. Francis founded the Alverno in 1914 and continued to sponsor the community until March 2013. At that time, ownership was transferred to Trinity Senior Living Communities in Livonia, Mich.

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