St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield Announces Closure
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, October 12, 2021 — St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield announced today that it would close on December 15, 2021. At that time, St. Joseph’s Home will cease to operate and will surrender its license. The Illinois Department of Public Health has been notified and has approved the plan of closure.
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception have owned and operated St. Joseph’s Home for the sheltering and comfort of aged people since October 6, 1903. With their skilled and dedicated staff members, they have provided a home away from home for the elderly who require more care.
President of the religious congregation, Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, said one of the main reasons for this decision is the declining number of Sisters to staff St. Joseph’s Home.
“This is not something we want to do. We do not have enough Sisters to continue this beloved ministry. Many, if not most, religious communities in our country are also facing the same dilemma. In addition, the climate created by COVID-19 has contributed to both a reduction in the resident census and a severe staffing shortage, not only at St. Joseph’s but throughout the healthcare industry.”
Having explored all possible options other than closure for several years, the Sisters finally decided to close St. Joseph’s Home with the full support of the Board of Directors.
Residents, family members, and staff were all notified on October 12, 2021. The team at St. Joseph’s Home will assist residents and their families with relocation. St. Joseph’s Home will work closely with IDPH and the local ombudsman to ensure St. Joseph’s Home complies with all regulations and required procedures governing the transition.
“This has been a ministry of love,” said Sister Kathleen Ann. “All of our Sisters have considered it a privilege to care for, and serve, our residents.”