Few situations can strain a family’s emotional, financial and spiritual resources more than seeking quality medical care far from home. At Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, providing good help to those in need often means assisting family members while caring for the patient. This is our ministry of hospitality.
In 1997, the St. Mary’s Volunteer Auxiliary recognized a need to provide comfort and care to the families of patients at St. Mary’s Hospital. They knew that patients would heal more effectively and peacefully if their loved ones were nearby. The continuous sleepless nights next to their loved ones take a great toll on their health. The caregivers needed our help as well!
With the help of St. Mary’s gallant engineering staff, the St. Mary’s Volunteer Auxiliary set forth to create havens of comfort by transforming four small houses on St. Mary’s campus into guest cottages to meet the needs of families who required overnight accommodations.
The guest cottages (Heltzer House, Korn House, Pawson House, and the Volunteers’ House) were named for the donors who provided the funding for the renovations, and they have provided the cornerstone for our ministry of hospitality.
We are grateful to the St. Mary’s Volunteer Auxiliary for its support of our ministry of hospitality. Fifteen years ago, their efforts helped to establish the Guest House program at St. Mary’s. Today, the Volunteer Auxiliary has pledged a $300,000 gift, the second largest gift it has ever made to the hospital, to help build the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, and they have committed to supporting the ongoing operational costs for sustaining this important ministry. They are true partners in philanthropy.