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Maryville Celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a Facelift

New Infrastructure Elevates Service with Love for Residents and Families

Maryville, a beloved institution with a rich history of serving the community, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a remarkable facelift. The transformation includes several upgrades to the building so many people have called home over the years and the launching of a new innovative and accessible website. These timely projects are designed to enhance residents’ experience and further Maryville’s mission of providing “Service with Love.”

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Bret Cope is pivotal in ensuring the institution’s operational efficiency aligns seamlessly with its mission. In an interview, he shared insights into Maryville’s journey and the significance of these renovations. Cope has extensive involvement with Maryville, beginning with his service on the Board of Directors in 2011 and culminating in his current role as SSMO Ministries Corp. COO. Cope provides a unique perspective on the organization’s evolution.

“Service with Love,” Cope succinctly states, is “Seeing the face of Christ in all people.”

This profound ethos underlines the Sisters’ Core Values at Maryville, emphasizing compassion and inclusivity.

Loving Care

Kathleen Parry, President of Maryville since 2004, also lends her perspective. She explains, “Service with Love” is providing services to people in a manner that honors their individuality as they entrust their wellbeing to us. ”Maryville leadership’s dedication is evident in the care it extends to everyone, including staff, residents and their families, and vendors. Cope has seen the institution’s unwavering support and care for everyone involved, highlighting its inclusive nature.

The upcoming renovations at Maryville primarily focus on enhancing the residents’ living experience. Cope notes that the changes will offer residents greater comfort and control over their surroundings. This aligns with Parry’s recognition that sometimes communal settings can limit a person’s choices. Central to this effort is implementing room temperature personalization, ensuring residents can adjust their environment to their preferences. The renovation includes new furnishings and fixtures for most resident rooms and upgraded washroom facilities.

Cope explains the organization’s commitment to enveloping residents in a “blanket of comfortable air,” emphasizing the importance of creating a conducive environment for residents to live their lives to the fullest. These enhancements ensure that Maryville continues to offer its residents the highest quality care and support.

In addition to the physical enhancements, Maryville has launched a new website at, which brings innovation, accessibility and convenience to residents, their families, and the broader community. This modern website features user-friendly navigation, allowing visitors to easily access information about Maryville’s services, facilities, employment opportunities, videos, and the latest news. The website offers valuable resources and educational materials. It serves as a digital extension of Maryville’s mission to provide “Service with Love,” offering a platform where people can learn more about the institution and its dedication to the well-being of all.

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Cope says one of the most touching aspects of Maryville’s story is the staff’s commitment to their mission. In moments of inclement weather when the city shuts down, Maryville staff members demonstrate their unwavering dedication by staying overnight. This selfless act ensures that residents receive consistent,around-the-clock care, even when the rest of the city is hunkering down.

Parry shares her gratitude for her nearly 20 years of employment with Maryville, emphasizing the importance of the interactions between staff and residents. These stories exemplify the depth of love, compassion, and dedication that Maryville’s team embodies. It’s a testament to the organization’s extraordinary mission and the incredible people who make it a reality. The renovations and web-based upgrades symbolize Maryville’s dedication to its rich history and future. Celebrating 60 years is an occasion to reflect on past successes while preparing for what lies ahead.

Cope states, “This renovation does exactly that. We have the opportunity to update a building that has been a happy home for thousands of people and update that same home for thousands more to come in the years ahead. ”The six-decade journey marks a significant milestone in the institution’s journey. These renovations signify a commitment to the past, present, and future residents, ensuring that Maryville remains a place where “Service with Love” is at the heart of everything it does.

As Cope eloquently put it, “These changes provide an opportunity to update a cherished home for generations to come, a home where love and compassion continue to thrive.”

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  1. I’m very much excited be part of this transformation. I can’t wait to see the end result!!! And Yes, I serve with Love!

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