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Wedding at Schervier Pavilion nursing home

SCHERVIER PAVILION CELEBRATES ITS FIRST RESIDENT WEDDING CEREMONY

WARWICK, NY  - “It began with a friendship, then a bonding followed by love and now marriage.”

 

Those were the heartfelt sentiments expressed by Caryl McCoy, a resident of Warwick’s Schervier Pavilion nursing home as she exchanged marriage vows with her fellow resident and longtime friend Frank Belmonte.

 

It was near perfect weather on Sunday, October 17, when the families of Caryl McCoy and Frank Belmonte, their friends, Schervier Pavilion residents, staff and volunteers gathered together at the facility’s outdoor gazebo for the first resident wedding in its history. 

 

Caryl McCoy, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, had been living at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, for several years when Frank Belmonte arrived in May of 2006. He also had Multiple Sclerosis, was living with his sister Kathleen up until that time and had recently incurred a fractured hip with an infection and other complications.

 

“My sister was the matchmaker,” said Belmonte. “She met Caryl, a widow, and suggested that she meet me. We had something in common. We both had MS.”

 

Belmonte felt that under the circumstances he was better off living at Schervier Pavilion than at home with his sister and he and Caryl soon became good friends.

 

“Caryl advised me that it was safer to stay here,” he said.

“He was also chasing me,” McCoy chimed in.

 

It soon became apparent that Belmonte and McCoy had become the best of friends. They not only sat at the same table for lunch and dinner but they always enjoyed being together at the numerous entertainment events and outings provided by the recreation staff at Schervier Pavilion. And when the wedding plans were recently announced, the officials and staff at the facility as well as the local business community and other volunteers were ready to provide their full support.

 

“I can’t tell you how many people came forward to help make this wedding such a great event,” said Sharon Webster, Schervier Pavilion’s director of social services. “It was a wonderful expression of support from our community.”

 

Webster, who organized the ceremony at Schervier Pavilion and the reception at the Greenbriar Room in nearby Mount Alverno Center, thanked all of those who donated their time and services. They included Town of Warwick Justice Peter Barlet, who performed the ceremony and Town Clerk Marjorie Quackenbush who left her office and came to Schervier Pavilion to arrange for the marriage license.

 

“Not only did local businesses donate food, cakes, flowers, party favors and what-have-you,” said Webster, “but after people in our community heard about this, volunteers came forward to help with the decorations or whatever they could do to help make this a wonderful and memorable event for Frank and Caryl. They succeeded and this wedding along with many other events that are held here demonstrated that our residents have an opportunity to enjoy life and friendships at our facility. ”   

 

Schervier Pavilion is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Dedicated to the highest standard of health care excellence, its full range of services, such as its therapeutic recreational program, are designed to respond to each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The facility

was recently awarded a 5-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The 5-star overall quality rating is the highest that can be awarded to a nursing home and only 10 per cent of all nursing homes qualify.

 

In addition to quality long term care services, Schervier Pavilion also offers a wide range of short-term (sub acute) care needs. Its sub acute services include IV therapy, Rehabilitation therapy and wound care. These services afford residents the ability to recuperate for a short time in the sub-acute unit of the facility and then return to the community where they can resume a more independent life. In some cases, they can then enter Schervier Pavilion’s Day-At-A-Time, an innovative medical adult day care program that provides nursing services, medication administration, ongoing evaluations, and stimulating activities tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.

 

“We congratulate Frank and Caryl,” said Schervier Pavilion Administrator Michael Deyo. “And we thank everyone who contributed to making their wedding day a very special and memorable occassion.”

 

Additional information about Schervier Pavilion can be obtained by calling (845) 987-5750 or visiting the web site at: bsch.bonsecours.com

 

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit www.bschs.org

It was near perfect weather on Sunday, October 17, when the families of Caryl McCoy and Frank Belmonte, their friends, Schervier Pavilion residents, staff and volunteers gathered together at the facility’s outdoor gazebo for the first resident wedding in its history. 

From left, Best Man Lenny Belmonte, his brother, the Groom, Frank Belmonte, Justice Peter Barlet, the Bride, Caryl McCoy, Dick Freil and his wife, Pattie who was Matron of Honor.  


 I now pronounce you man and wife - From left, Best Man Lenny Belmonte, his brother, the Groom, Frank Belmonte, Justice Peter Barlet, the Bride, Caryl McCoy, Dick Freil and his wife, Pattie who was Matron of Honor.  


Kiss the bride.


The reception at the Greenbriar Room in nearby Mount Alverno Center.


 

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