Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Honors the Past by Laying a Cornerstone for a Vibrant Future
For more than 125 years, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center has served the community as a place of healing, where every individual is cared for in mind, body and spirit. On Thursday, April 26th SJRMC will host a formal blessing ceremony for the 30-foot stainless steel cross that sat atop the main hospital for more than half a century. The blessing will be patterned after the original cornerstone ceremony that was held 109 years ago on April 26, 1903.
This beautiful symbol of faith and history will stand at the center of a memorial wall, which will be flanked by cornerstones from the former Mishawaka and South Bend hospital buildings. Also dedicated within the wall will be a new time capsule that will include current and archived items from previous time capsules dating back to1902.
“We are building our future on the strong foundation of the past,” said Al Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. “The cross and cornerstone dedication will pay tribute to the original founders of SJRMC, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Poor Hand Maids of Jesus Christ, as well as to the entire Michiana community—including all past and present patients, patient families, physicians, nursing staff, leadership teams and associates."
The day’s events will begin at noon with Mass at the SJRMC Our Lady of Fatima Chapel. It will continue with the cross and cornerstone blessing ceremony at 12:45 pm in the main visitors’ parking lot of the hospital. Members of the community are invited to attend this special ceremony to honor the past, and to help SJRMC lay a new cornerstone for a vibrant future.
A permanent memorial brick walkway will lead to the tribute wall, where more than 750 pavers are available for purchase through The Foundation of SJRMC. Through this walkway, members of the community have the opportunity to honor and remember those that they love through a personal inscription.