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STONEHILL FRANCISCAN SERVICES. Dubuque's largest and only Catholic-operated nursing home. Established in 1978 and located at 3485 Windsor Avenue, Stonehill replaced St. Francis Home that could no longer meet safety and fire codes. The X-shaped three-story building was designed by Durrant Architects of Dubuque for the SISTERS OF THE THIRD ORDER OF ST. FRANCIS OF THE HOLY FAMILY (OSF), the administrators of the facility. There were thirty-six semi-private and 178 private rooms.

Services provided by SFS included Independent Living Villas and Apartments; Adult Day Care and Respite Care; a Residential Care Facility; and a Skilled Nursing Facility with a rehabilitation program complete with physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

In 2016 Stonehill announced the first-ever federal grant funded dental clinic within a skilled nursing facility. Stonehill officials approached CRESCENT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER about the possibility of expanding dental care. A feasibility study confirmed the need and Crescent received a federal grant to fund the project through the Delta Dental IA Foundation in April 2015. Stonehill renovated a vacant wing to dental suites and plans called for the first patients to be seen in the fall of 2016. (1)

In 2019 construction began on a $30 million expansion to Stonehill's Assisi Village. The completed project would include 24 new apartment units with ten for assisted-living residents and the rest for those in need of dementia care assisted living. Work will also result in a "four-seasons room" and a large new chapel on the second floor. A "sky-bridge" was planned to link the units to Stonehill Health Center. (2)



!. "Stonehill Franciscan Services Partners with Crescent Community Health Center," The Golden View, August 2016, p. 1

2. Montgomery, Jeff, "Crews Break Ground on Stonehill Addition," Telegraph Herald, October 20, 2019, p. 11A