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Ribbon Cutting marks completed renovation and arrival of ICP

Cutting the ribbon at the de Paul Center

Spirits were high at the late-morning January 25 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Innovative Care Partners’ (ICP) newly renovated offices in the de Paul Center at 200 Hillside Circle, off Riverdale Street, West Springfield.


ICP is a consortium of three area healthcare providers—the Center for Human Development (CHD), the Gándara Center, and ServiceNet—responding to MassHealth health plan enrollees in the four counties of Western Massachusetts. ICP staff coordinates care for these individuals who have severe mental illness or a developmental disability, and/or elderly persons who also have a history of significant medical claims and a high cost of care. The staff strives to achieve the best health outcomes for these at risk populations.

Sisters of Providence President Kathleen Popko offered welcoming remarks to the approximately 90 guests attending by sharing the steps leading up to the day’s ceremonies. The Sisters of Providence first learned of CHD’s interest in renting office space for the new ICP program on April 9, 2018. Things moved quickly over the next few weeks with tours of the space, a meeting with an architect, and agreement on the lease terms. Then the challenging demolition phase of the extensive renovation project was ready to start in earnest.

Guests at the ribbon cutting

Within five months, the de Paul Center’s entire second floor, 12,000 square feet of space, was completely renovated, and a 45-space parking lot added to the north side of the building. Sister Kathleen credited the leadership of John Wesolowski, SP CFO; Randy Locklin, general contractor and owner representative; and Roger Korell, Providence Place’s director of facilities operations, plus the diligent efforts of subcontractors for the timely accomplishment of the renovation project.

Completing extensive renovation
She noted that, “The completion of this current project means the entire de Paul Center building has been renovated and is occupied fully.” She added, “This renovation is part of the larger Sisters of Providence vision to redevelop The Hillside at Providence campus into a comprehensive resource for elders, a major shift from the 19-acre campus’ former purpose of caring for children.” (Until 2010, The Hillside at Providence property was home to the The Brightside for Families and Children. Today that ministry is located at nearby Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, and is now called the Brightside Stabilization Program serving hundreds of children and families in their homes.)

In addition to the new ICP offices, the de Paul Center houses Mercy LIFE, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE); Trinity Health at Home, providing home care and hospice services; and Mercy Care Alliance, a care management program.

Sister Speaking at the ribbon cuttingSister Kathleen pointed out that Sisters of Providence, Inc., is currently in the process of constructing a new 36-unit, affordable elder housing facility, named Hillside Residence, for the campus.

Concluding, she said, “…all this brings us full circle to the important Ribbon Cutting Ceremony we are having today—the welcoming of Innovative Care Partners. We are so pleased to have the ICP program and staff on this site. Your mission for caring for those in need fits with all we are trying to accomplish here. We are delighted you are part of this dream!”

Other program speakers included James Goodwin, CEO, Center for Human Development, Susan Stubbs, CEO ServiceNet, Lisa Brecher, Director of Communications and Development, Gándara Center, Daniel Quinn, Executive Director, Innovative Care Partners, and State Representative Michael Finn.

Sisters of Providence Vice President Mary Caritas Geary offered a closing blessing immediately prior to the ribbon cutting.

Tours and refreshments followed.


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