Darlene Hanley, President and CEO of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc., an­nounced on Sept. 30 that due to changes and challenges that have impacted all skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities and hospitals, the leadership of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence Inc. will be seeking a buyer for the healthcare campus, which consists of Morris Hall Senior Care Communities and St. Law­rence Rehabilitation Center.

Hanley explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought enormous burdens to the post-acute industry, adding to difficulties already faced by providers such as St. Lawrence and Morris Hall.

“The healthcare environment has changed and is no longer conducive to smaller independent facilities,” stated Hanley.

Morris Hall, which includes St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, Morris Hall Meadows Skilled Nursing and St. Mary’s Assisted Living, has been serving the community in Lawrenceville for close to 120 years. St. Lawrence, a physical rehabilitation hospital provid­ing services and programs on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Since its establishment in 1904, Morris Hall has operated under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Trenton and has maintained a Catholic identity in both its policies and practices. The Diocese’s priest retirement residence, Villa Vianney, which is located adja­cent to the Morris Hall/St. Lawrence facilities, will not be impacted by the potential sale of the other properties.

Responding to the decision to place the facility up for sale, the Diocese com­mended Morris Hall/St. Lawrence Inc. for the care and comfort it has brought to so many individuals for more than a century.

The Diocese stated: “While we are profoundly grateful for the gift of this wonderful facility, we recognize the challenges of today’s health care and business climate, and the need for Morris Hall to pursue this next step. We are confident that the leadership of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence will ensure that the buyer of this facility will share the values and commitment to service to the Greater Mercer area.”

Any inquiries about the sale should be directed to David G. Kostinas & Associates.