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Preserving Gibbons' legacy [Letter]

In response to Daniel P. Ames' recent letter about the former Cardinal Gibbons School, Saint Agnes Hospital completely agrees that it deserves to be remembered, recognized and cherished ("Gibbons deserves to be remembered," July 17).

Preserving Gibbons' legacy is an important part of what the hospital has been planning for in close collaboration with the Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Association.

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For years, Cardinal Gibbons served as home to thousands of men, supporting their growth and development. As a result, it has a rich history and holds a special place within the heart of the community.

Preserving that history has been one of Saint Agnes' goals for Gibbons Commons since the hospital made the decision to purchase the site. There are a variety of ways in which the school's legacy will live on through Gibbons Commons.

Saint Agnes employs a number of Gibbons alumni and has been working closely with the school's graduates to ensure that they are part of the new vision for the site. The alumni have come together with the full support of Saint Agnes to spearhead the preservation of the grotto, creating what will be a permanent tribute to and celebration of the school and those who were a part of it.

Once the redevelopment is complete, the site will once again be a thriving, integral part of the community, providing healthy eating options, quality living space, recreation fields, wellness facilities and economic growth.

Gibbons Commons is being created both for the community and by the community. We are thankful to the Cardinal Gibbons Alumni Association, our community and our many local partners for their continued collaboration on this project and their dedication to helping Saint Agnes preserve Cardinal Gibbons' history.

Bonnie Phipps, Baltimore

The writer is president and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare.

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