Renovations underway on downtown West Palm Beach retirement community

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 23, 2012) – Lourdes-Noreen McKeen, the full-service retirement community located along Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, is undergoing a $6 million renovation project to enhance and improve the lifestyle of its residents. The construction is expected to be completed by March 2013 and will serve as the final phase of a series of improvements that have made to the waterfront facility since it was founded in 1960 by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company was selected to modernize and enhance Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence, the portion of the campus that provides skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation. The exterior renovation plans to the five-story building include overhauling the main entrance lobby at the corner of Fern Street and Flagler Drive to provide easier access to the waterfront for residents and visitors. The interior plans include a major refurbishment of the first floor common areas, including the gift shop, café for resident and guest use, the waterview room and the construction of an outdoor patio that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. The Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, where Mass is held daily for residents, is being expanded and extensively remodeled, and the kitchen and laundry facilities will be upgraded with new appliances.

To complement the structural improvements, Lourdes-Noreen McKeen invested $20,000 in new rehabilitation equipment, including a state-of-the-art Biodex Balance System and elliptical trainers for arms, legs and overall body conditioning and strengthening. The facility hopes to better serve seniors who need short-term care following an illness or injury.

“Environment is a strong contributor to quality of life. These renovations support our overall philosophy to invest in ways that measurably improve our residents’ experience. We’re committed to very high standards of excellence and this demonstrates that commitment,” explained Sister Mary Anne Dennehy, administrator at Lourdes-Noreen McKeen.

Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence originally opened in December 1960 within the Lake Court Apartment Hotel. Referred to at the time as Lourdes Residence, the facility was the first of its kind in the area to offer nursing care, long-term and seasonal housing for the elderly. The Carmelite Sisters demolished the building in 1980 and rebuilt it to become the premier skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that it is today. Today, Lourdes-Noreen McKeen offers 132 beds for skilled nursing and rehab, 69 independent living apartments and 34 assisted living apartments.

For more information about Lourdes-Noreen McKeen or to make a donation to the fund that is paying for these improvements, please contact Tom Peterson at (561) 650-8947 or

Julie Fanning
O’Donnell Agency
(561) 832-3231

Senior Living

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