Sewickley Nursing Home

With a formal settlement on June 1, the Masonic Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will acquire the Valley Care Nursing Home in Sewickley, a quality 128-bed Medicare- and Medicaid- approved facility located within eight miles of the Masonic Eastern Star Home-West north of Pittsburgh. After the settlement, the Committee on Masonic Homes and the Board of Directors of Valley Care will unveil a sign identifying the facility as "Valley Care Masonic Center."

"The addition of this facility enhances the Fraternity's benefits of the Masonic Homes' caring services to the brethren and their loved ones statewide," said R.W. Grand Master James L. Ernette, who also is Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Homes.

Bro. Joseph E. Murphy, Executive Director/CEO, of the Masonic Homes, added enthusiastically, "We are extending even further the Masonic Homes' 'Mission of Love' so that more individuals now can choose to receive services in their preferred area of the Commonwealth. This allows the Masonic Homes to meet our goal of providing Medicare and Medicaid services to members in areas convenient to them across the state."

Valley Care is the fourth location for the Masonic Homes, spanning the state from east to west. The magnificent Masonic Homes Campus at Elizabethtown is the flagship operation for the residential, assisted living, and health care services for the Fraternity. In addition to the Masonic Eastern Star Home-West mentioned earlier, there is the Masonic Eastern Star Home-East, located in Warminster, northwest of Philadelphia.

The forthcoming settlement will culminate the results of a decision made by the Committee on Masonic Homes some months ago. That decision was made necessary when it was determined that the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare would not provide Medicaid certification for the nursing beds at the Masonic Eastern Star Home-West. The actions taken were based on a Masonic Homes' market demand analysis and a market study of local Masons and residents of the Sewickley community. It was decided to move forward with plans to develop assisted living accommodations, and to design and market independent living accommodations at Valley Care.

Valley Care's 40 acres could provide many possibilities for expanding the types of services produced there.

Grand Master Ernette and Executive Director Murphy agreed that, "We see ourselves as partners for progress providing a full continuum of quality care services to those in need in the Sewickley area."

The Dedication Ceremony will be at 5 p.m. on June 1. There will be tours during the afternoon.