St. Mary’s Hospital celebrates 45 years
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 09/13/11
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital celebrated its 45th anniversary Sept. 10 with a Parisian-market-themed picnic featuring French foods, mimes, children’s activities and a history of nursing tent.
On hand to celebrate were a number of young “alumni” of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), who had a chance to reunite with the nurses and doctors who cared for them as newborns.
In the NICU Reunion tent, NICU nurses Sheila Odom (pictured at right, bottom left) and Cathy Brooks (bottom right) celebrated with Sam Dalseide (center), age 8. A NICU “graduate,” Sam was born at 25 weeks. He and his nurses were joined by St. Mary’s administrators (top row, left to right) Florence Nezamis and Sister Tess Horvath. Horvath, who is currently vice president of mission at St. Mary’s, was recently chosen to join the leadership team of the Holy Union Sisters and will soon relocate to Rome.
Also in the NICU tent, Dr. Karen Wharton (pictured below, at left) reunited with NICU “alum” Lily Hennessey, age 3, and her mother, Anne. Lily was born at 26 weeks, and Wharton was among her caretakers.
The young and young-at-heart enjoyed hula-hoop and limbo contests, face-painting, clowns, and mimes.
The picnic also featured visits from Bon Secours mascot Bonnie, and from Children’s Museum of Richmond mascot Seymour, who tried his hand (or is it paw?) unsuccessfully at hula-hooping.
The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).
The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.
The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.
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