The Livengrin Foundation unveiled two new facilities Friday afternoon.
Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo of Bensalem said he remembers when the facility first began.
“It was just a farm,” DiGirolamo said. “Now look at it,” as he gazed around the Hulmeville Road lot with multiple buildings and a crowd of more than 100 celebrating the new additions.
The ‘Joseph R. Jignoli Jr. Medical Center’ will be one of the region’s largest detox facilities with 36 beds. The open floor plan hopes to create a positive environment to encourage trust, healing, and conversation.
The new ‘Chapman Community Center’ will provide a space for sobriety-related education and fellowship events equipped with a 120-seat presentation room and treatment offices for Livengrin’s Gambling and First Responders Addiction Treatment (FRAT) Programs.
The Friday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony came with a send-off as well as Rick Pine, Livengrin CEO, is retiring. Julie Negovan, Board Chair of the Foundation recognized the mixed emotions of the day.
“He (Rick) has provided such leadership in this organization,” Negovan said. “While this industry has had its ups and downs, rich and poor, Livengrin has been steady and a continual asset to this community. And that is through Rick’s leadership.”
Scott Blacker, Vice President for Development, lead the ceremony with contentment. Employees, donors, elected officials, patients, and the public joined in the celebration as the new facilities were officially open for tours.
State Representatives Gene DiGirolamo, Perry Warren, John Galloway and Tina Davis were present along with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, District Attorney Matt Weintraub, and State Senator Tommy Tomlinson.