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Living Springs at Lourdes Dedicates Room to Bishop

The Knights of Columbus New Jersey State Council recently surprised Bishop Charles J. McDonnell by dedicating the multipurpose room

Pictured left to right: Mark Nessel, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Lourdes Health System; Alexander J. Hatala, president and chief executive officer of Lourdes Health System; Bishop Charles J. McDonnell; and Knights State Deputy Andy Lipenta.

Pictured left to right: Mark Nessel, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Lourdes Health System; Alexander J. Hatala, president and chief executive officer of Lourdes Health System; Bishop Charles J. McDonnell; and Knights State Deputy Andy Lipenta.

of Living Springs at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in his honor.

Living Springs at Lourdes, a 21-bed, hospital-based behavioral health program whose mission is to meet the behavioral health needs of active-duty military personnel, veterans and their dependents, has helped more than 180 patients so far.

Bishop McDonnell has devoted his life to God and country. A priest for 60 years, he was in the Army for 35, serving in the Vietnam War and earning the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit.

“I appreciate what you are doing,” said Bishop McDonnell, who retired as Auxiliary Bishop of the Newark Diocese. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet our soldiers who have post-traumatic stress. They need your help. Thank you for the effort this hospital and all of you put into helping our young men and women.”

Lourdes has been involved with the military since 2001, providing pre- and post-deployment medical care to service members at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

 

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