Statue of St. Anthony Helps Anchor A New Campus
“What will the healthcare campus of tomorrow look like?” asks Joe Talarico, a member of The Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
“Exactly like what the expansion of St. Anthony North Hospital has planned for today,” he quickly responds.
The plans for the Centura-managed healthcare facility at 144th Avenue and I-25 are “a little different” from the traditional hospital settings we are used to visiting, according to Joe.
As chairman of a fundraising campaign to bring about this transformation, Joe is seeking funds for a statue of St. Anthony, an upgraded chapel and a healing garden, which will anchor the fully-integrated campus, focused on wellness and spiritual well-being for the entire community.
The bronze statue of St. Anthony will stand seven feet tall in a three-story atrium. It shows the beloved Saint looking ahead to the future, while holding the hand of a small child in the present.
Joe is seeking contributions from Catholics to help with this aspect of the campus transformation.
“The leadership at St. Anthony’s North wants to bring the same care to the community that was provided by the Sisters when they first started this ministry,” he said. While the healthcare facility part of the project is being financed by Centura, it is people like Joe and his team of fundraisers who are helping with the very important spiritual side.
Sharon Meyers, the president of the St. Anthony North Foundation, says the new campus won’t duplicate any of the services being provided at the existing campus on 8th and Federal.
“Our new campus is in an area that is medically underserved. It is taking a holistic approach by focusing on the mind, body and spirit of the individual—a patient-centered approach. Two areas of spiritual interest are the wonderful statue of St. Anthony and a beautiful new chapel next to a healing garden.”
The statue is being sculpted by nationally known artist Mardi Rees. The atrium will provide a place of respite for patients, families and employees. The chapel will be available as a place of private prayer for a loved one or to offer Mass.
Nearly half of the funds have already been provided for the new statue and chapel. Some contributions can be made in the form of gift intentions, and some gifts are eligible for naming opportunities.
To make a donation please contact Sharon at 303.430.2694 or SharonMeyers@Centura.org.