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Grand Opening Ceremonies Held for Healing Garden at St. Joseph’s Place Skilled Nursing Facility



         Grand Opening Ceremonies Held for Healing Garden
             at St. Joseph’s Place Skilled Nursing Facility   
 

Port Jervis, NY  (May 20) – Residents of St. Joseph’s Place long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, are now able to enjoy a new furnished roof top garden featuring a pond, waterfalls, flower beds, a 30 foot long pergola, tables with umbrellas and many other amenities.  

On Thursday, May 16, St. Joseph’s Place residents and their families along with local and hospital officials, representatives of the major donor organizations, staff members and volunteers gathered for a dedication, blessing and ribbon cutting for the new Healing Garden.

The St. Joseph's Place Healing Garden project was made possible through fundraising efforts along with a Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Mission Fund Grant for Healthy Community and a generous Home Depot Foundation Community Affairs Grant. As a result the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation was able to raise $56,000 for the Friends of St. Joseph’s Place initiative.

Local corporate donors and vendors include Highland Associates, Home Depot and Royal Furniture.
And, in addition, employees of Home Depot have generously offered their time and service, without compensation, to help renovate and construct the garden project. The company recently enlisted 30 volunteers to complete the construction of the project in one day.

During a welcoming ceremony that preceded the blessing and ribbon cutting, Toni Clark, senior vice president of Senior Services, introduced Senior Vice President and Bon Secours Community Hospital Administrator Jeff Reilly who thanked her and her team along with Healing Garden donors and all who played a role in completing the project.

“I was blown away by the generosity, speed and professionalism with which this project was accomplished,” he said.

Reilly then introduced Dick McKeeby, a Foundation Board Member and Chair of the Friends of St. Joseph’s Place Committee, who had spearheaded all fundraising efforts and implementation of the project. Members of the St. Joseph’s Family Council presented him with a plaque and herb plant.

Prior to the ribbon cutting the Home Depot Foundation continued to demonstrate its generosity by presenting a check for $14,208 to the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation.
McKeeby presented a video history of the project from start to finish, which included a time lapse photography depiction of the amazing completion of the project in one day by 30 Home Depot Volunteers.

Guests then assembled in the Healing Garden for a blessing by Father Vincent Odikanoro and the official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a brief reception with refreshments served.

Prior to the ribbon cutting the Home Depot Foundation continued to demonstrate its generosity by presenting a check for $14,208 to the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation.

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org


About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.  

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.



About The Home Depot Foundation:

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years.  

Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter@homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

                                                 


1.    During a welcoming ceremony that preceded the blessing and ribbon cutting, Toni Clark, senior vice president of Senior Services, introduced Senior Vice President and Bon Secours Community Hospital Administrator Jeff Reilly.


2.    Senior Vice President and Bon Secours Community Hospital Administrator Jeff Reilly thanked Healing Garden donors and all who played a role in completing the project.

3.    Members of the St. Joseph’s Family Council presented a plaque to Dick McKeeby, a Foundation Board Member and Chair of the Friends of St. Joseph’s Place Committee, who had spearheaded all fundraising efforts and implementation of the project.

4.    Guests assembled in the Healing Garden for a blessing by Father Vincent Odikanoro and the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

5.    Prior to the ribbon cutting the Home Depot Foundation continued to demonstrate its generosity by presenting a check for $14,208 to the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation.

6.    Dick McKeeby, a Foundation Board Member and Chair of the Friends of St. Joseph’s Place Committee, who had spearheaded all fundraising efforts and implementation of the project, had the honor of cutting the ribbon. City of Port Jervis Mayor Russell Potter is to his left.

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