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THE SPIRIT From the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation

giving makes good happen.

Helping Richmond Get Fit The movin’ mania program offers an interactive web portal with games, recipes and a calendar of fitness activities. Children earn points for healthy choices and redeem these for prizes, including sports equipment. The program includes a standardized, learning-compliant classroom toolkit and will host a 5K walk next spring. As a part of a $275,000 grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Bon Secours recently gave $120,000 to Richmond-area Students learn about healthy lifestyles through movin’ mania. A team of dynamic mascots, health and education professionals and donors to the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation are helping Richmond children make healthier choices and addressing the growing problem of childhood obesity. Bon Secours Richmond launched movin’ mania, a fun, innovative program that provides incentives, education and awareness of healthy habits to more than 100,000 area youngsters. “Our goal with movin’ mania is to collaborate with as many community organizations as possible to educate, empower and encourage the children of Central Virginia to live healthy lives,” said Bon Secours Virginia CEO Peter J. Bernard.

“As a pediatrician, I see how the problems related to obesity continue to escalate, leading to health problems that are both physical and emotional. Bon Secours and our community partners have a tremendous opportunity to educate, motivate and empower children and families to make healthy choices.”

schools for SOL-compliant movin’ mania activities in partnership

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan learns about movin’ mania.

with nationally recognized experts GeoMotion, including Learnercise Mats that allow students to blend exercise with classroom learning. Richmond-area schools have embraced the program. “movin’ mania is a great way to encourage the next generation of Richmonders to take control of their health and their future,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently saw the program firsthand. “For me, as a Richmond native, it was especially meaningful to be able to highlight my hometown and its commitment to young people’s health,” said Massie Ritsch, deputy assistant secretary for External Affairs & Outreach at the DoE, who accompanied Duncan.

- Dr. Sofia Teferi, Pediatric Hospitalist


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THE SPIRIT ty Celebrating Our Communi

Golf Tournament

Friends Come Together for Fun, Philanthropy St. Mary’s Community Day

CEO Toni Ardabell and young friends show their hula-hooping skills at the St. Mary’s Community Day in September.

Presenting Sponsor Spinella, Owings & Shaia presented a check on behalf of the sponsors and golfers for $111,200 to benefit the Care-A-Vans.

Team members Tom Flood, Rusty Miller, Jack Moehling Jr. and Sean Pridgen represented Lexus of Richmond, a corporate sponsor and donor of the “Golf Trip of a Lifetime” prize for a raffle winner to play in the Lexus Champions for Charity Tournament in Pebble Beach.

PJ Jamboree

At left, Susan Daniel, administrative secretary at the Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Institute, organized the PJ Jamboree to celebrate cancer survivors. Also shown, Carolyn Moore (center) and Cindy Lawhorne.



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Board of Directors The Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation owes much gratitude and thanks to our Board of Directors. Below is a list of our current board members who donate their time and resources, which contribute to our success. Toni R. Ardabell Jenna J. Atwood Kathleen Burke Barrett Peter J. Bernard Carmella Maurizi Bladergroen

Celebrating Old Friends

Morrison Honored with Lifetime Philanthropy Award Charlie Morrison, who has dedicated

The Richmond

decades of service to the community,

Bureau of Catholic

received the Lifetime Achievement in

Family and

Philanthropy Award on Nov. 13.

Children Services, the American

Given by the Central Virginia Chapter

Cancer Society,

of the Association of Fundraising

and others.

William C. Boinest, Chairman

Professionals, this honor recognizes

Peter W. Brown, MD

Morrison’s lifelong service.

Diana F. Cantor

Richmond began

Barry J. Case

Even before the first Bon Secours facility,

Dennis A. Diersen

St. Mary’s Hospital, opened its doors in

Brenda Hopkins Eggleston

1966, Morrison and his wife held potlucks in

Andrew C. Foldenauer

their home to help support the opening of

May H. Fox

the hospital.

Peter F. Gallagher Kirsti Anne Goodwin Vernard W. Henley Dougal G. Hewitt Charles M. Jones III, MD Sr. Charlotte Lange, OSB J. Stephen Lindsey

When Bon Secours Longtime supporter Charlie Morrison mobile health clinic was honored program, Morrison with the Lifetime Achievement in wholeheartedly Philanthropy Award. took up the cause. its Care-A-Van

Just finishing its As the years have passed, Morrison has

21st year, the golf tournament that he

been a board member with Bon Secours

helped found and lead has raised millions

St. Mary’s Hospital, Bon Secours Richmond

of dollars to support free health care for

Health Care Foundation, St. Joseph’s Villa,

those most in need.

Olsson Family’s Support Continues

Charles (Greg) G. Lockhart, MD Bonita J. Makdad, MD

“St. Mary’s has evolved because of the

Sr. Anne Marie Mack, CBS

excellence of care and the reputation of the

Terry W. Mohr

hospital,” said Dr. Thomas Davis, a cousin

John J. Muldowney

of Olsson and a member of the original

William T. Patrick Jr.

staff at St. Mary’s.

Nancy A. Plageman Malcolm M. Randolph Corbin K. Rankin J. Sargeant Reynolds Jr.

“But now demand exceeds capacity. The Emergency Department has become a lot A look ahead: A rendering of the St. Mary’s Emergency Department expansion.

Linda F. Rigsby William H. Schwarzschild III Linda K. Seeman, PhD John N. Simpson Sr. Thomas W. Sokol William B. Thalhimer III Paul M. Thompson James S. Watkinson Marilyn H. West

of people’s primary care, and they never turn anybody away.”

Caring for Virginians has been Dr. Shirley Carter Olsson’s passion for many years.

The gift is the most recent from a family

While she no longer practices medicine, she

that has supported the Bon Secours

and her family still work to help meet our

ministry for decades.

community’s growing health care needs. “Dr. Olsson was the epitome of a smallA recent gift by Olsson and the Elis Olsson

town physician,” said Davis. “She was

Foundation will help fund the expansion of

compassionate and believed the patient

the St. Mary’s Emergency Department.

always came first.”

D. Kyle Woolfolk Jr.


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Your suppo difference

Celebrating Your Impact

Compassionate Cancer Care Bon Secours’ Every Woman’s Life program

The Foundation also helps provide

allowed 752 women to receive breast

therapeutic activities such as art and yoga

exams and screenings or diagnostic

to help patients reclaim their lives after

mammograms and 214 women to receive


The Bon Secours Richmond He 500,000 individuals, thanks, in p

pap tests at no cost. Those needing followup care were referred to appropriate physicians and assisted with payment arrangements.

“I don’t know how I would have received treatment for my cancer without this program. Financial support of these programs is so important because there are so many hard-working people just like me who can’t quite afford private insurance.” - Kathleen Chancey, patient

Art and other activities are part of the holistic treatment process.

Throughout the year, we

Tree of Tributes

are touched by

Our holiday giving campaign.

stories of our community’s

This holiday season, celebrate someone special by helping us trim our online Tree of Tributes and bring good help to patients in need.


Honor, thank or remember a family member, friend or co-worker with each donation to our Tree of Tributes. With each tribute, you’ll add a decoration to our online tree and help give patients in need extra support including:

Taylor loved giving, especially to newborns

The story of community volunteer Frances Taylor is particularly inspiring.

A gift from Frances Taylor a Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi h new equipment for infants in nurses like Whitney Gee pro

in the St. Mary’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She passed away in January, but left behind a legacy of service and generosity

· Special car seats for premature babies

there. She also remembered it in her will.

· Medical equipment to help heal at home · Medications

Her sisters in the Alpha Masters Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi were inspired by her

We’ll send a letter with your message to those you remember. If you like, we’ll also share your message online. For more, call 804-287-7700.


dedication and opted to donate $10,000 – a bequest to the chapter from Taylor – to

the NICU she loved. Over the years, the chapter has donated money to the NICU to purchase a wide range of equipment.

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ort made a e in 2012.

High-Tech Heart Help Foundation support helped purchase the ILUMIEN system, which has made a huge difference in caring for patients with heart

ealth System served more than part, to support from our donors.

blockages. Laser beam technology allows physicians to see inside the heart with amazing detail, said John Zimmerman, administrative director for Heart and Vascular at Memorial Regional Medical Center.

New technology helps cardiologists like Dr. Brian Kaminsky treat heart blockages. The ILUMIEN system was purchased with support from the Edna S. Hopkins family.

“We’ve had ultrasound technology for a long time, but looking through an ultrasound is like looking through a windshield on a rainy night compared to what we see with this machine.” – Dr. Brian Kaminsky, Bon Secours cardiologist

“Frances loved doing this,” Ferramosca,

Advanced Nursing Education

the chapter’s

The Bon Secours Richmond Health Care

president. “We

Foundation helps pay for advanced training

knew that she

for our nurses.

would want the

“I was encouraged by leaders to get my certification in orthopedic nursing, but I couldn’t afford the cost. The Foundation granted me the funds. I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received, from my peers, co-workers, the Foundation and all of Bon Secours in my 42 years here.

said Louise

and the Alpha Masters helped purchase important n the NICU and helps ovide world-class care.

money to go to the hospital.” St. Mary’s will purchase a

pediatric crib and breast milk warmers. The crib will be used as the newborns outgrow the smaller NICU bassinets, and the warmers will allow breast milk to be

Certification helps me help patients. I feel that I’m more in tune with their needs, and I better understand what they’re going through. I also have learned to recognize and understand various medical issues, and this helps me explain and help treat them.”

heated at the infant’s bedside. For information on how to make a legacy gift, contact the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation at 804-287-7700. Frances Taylor


Ethel Gordon

The Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation helps pay for advanced training for our nurses.

– Ethel Gordon, RN, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center

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THE SPIRIT g Celebrating New Beginnin s

New Space Boosts Patient Care in Hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit Richmond Health

Bon Secours’ leaders and staff are grateful

System. “But for

to donors for their support.

us in psychiatry, it means so much

“Thanks to the dedication and philanthropic


endeavors [of donors], we have been able to create the type of behavioral health

Experts agree

unit that will provide a more holistic

that the quality of

environment for the patients we serve,” said

A multidisciplinary treatment team meets in the Behavioral Health the environment in Unit at Richmond Community. a behavioral health unit makes a difference Recent renovations to Richmond to patients. Community Hospital’s Behavioral Health

Michael D. Robinson, Richmond Community CEO. Altovilla agreed. “Our Behavioral Health

Unit have made the 40-bed unit one of

“Safe, attractive and modern psychiatric

Program feels extremely supported and

the state’s top facilities. Resources to fund

units have an important role to play in the

appreciated by the ministry of Bon Secours,

the renovations were generously provided

healing process. Recovery from mental

which allows us to provide the care our

by community, volunteer and Bon Secours

illness is possible, and part of what can aid

patients and their families deserve and

Richmond Health Care Foundation support.

in that is a treatment site that is welcoming


and supportive of patients and their loved “It is always nice to have something

ones,” said Mira Signer, executive director,

new,” said Paul Altovilla, vice president

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

of Behavioral Health at Bon Secours


Unit Undergoes Renovations Improvements to Bon Secours’ Richmond Community Hospital Behavioral Health Unit include:

The nursing station.


Shatter-resistant mirrors and covered plumbing.

Platform beds.

centralized nursing station

larger treatment rooms

dedicated conference rooms

recessed sprinkler systems

platform beds

shatter-proof mirrors

hard ceilings

psych-safe fixtures

plumbing covers

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Guest House

Ronald McDonald House Charities Supports Pediatric Families Bill Shumadine (center), shown with his wife, Cornelia, and Jack Muldowney, believes in the importance of Bon Secours’ new Hospice House.

Community Hospice House

Slated to open in 2013, a new St. Mary’s Guest House — built with donor generosity — will offer families a new place to rest and recharge while loved ones are in the hospital. A recent $175,000 donation from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond means the Guest House will offer a pediatrics wing, focusing on the comfort of young patients’ families. The gift will fund three sleeping rooms and a playroom.

This 16-suite, free-standing hospice facility will fill an important gap in end-of-life care for our community. Our goal is for the Richmond community to come together to ensure that hospice patients receive exceptional care at the end of life’s journey.

Why I give: “Hospice care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. It does not intend to prolong or hasten death but works to achieve the best quality of life for the patients and their families.”

In addition, another gift of $75,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, will help us build two dedicated in-house sleeping rooms and a respite lounge on the fifth floor of St. Mary’s. “It is invaluable not only to have financial support from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, but also their expertise in providing a home away from home for patient families,” said Toni Ardabell, CEO of St. Mary’s.

“The concept of the Community Hospice House is compelling. Hospice care will be available to anyone in need of such services, irrespective of ability to pay. I applaud the efforts of Bon Secours and the community leaders who donated the land and initiated the planning. Their vision has real merit, and their leadership is commendable.” – William F. Shumadine Jr. To make a donation or learn more about the plans for the Bon Secours Community Hospice House, visit

We’ve moved!


The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond will help patients’ families have a comfortable place to stay at the new St. Mary’s Guest House. Here, Dr. Billy Lennarz, Toni Ardabell, Ilona Scanlon and Kathryn Knierim accept a check from Derek W.H. Kung, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.

Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation’s new address is: 7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23226 804-287-7700 Staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

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7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 200 | Richmond, VA 23226 804-287-7700 • Good Help to Those in Need®

Celebrating the Difference You’ve Made This Year They’ve helped our membership in the Fleur-de-Lis Society grow Thanks to you, our wonderful donors,

and been so active and engaged in fulfilling the Bon Secours

Board, volunteers and staff, we have

mission to give good help to those in need.

much to celebrate. Likewise, the generosity of our donors continues to impress me. I You have given so generously in 2012

hope you’ll enjoy reading about the impact you, our donors, have

that we hope to break ground in 2013

in the stories in this issue of The Spirit, which celebrates old friends

on two important new capital projects:

and new beginnings.

the St. Mary’s Guest House and the Community Hospice House. We’re still

As 2012 nears its close, I urge you to consider making the most

seeking funds for both projects, but it’s so exciting to be at a point

of end-of-year tax benefits, to continue giving to make “good”

where we can begin to see them physically take shape.

happen in 2013.

Our entire community should be excited about these projects. The

In the words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “And now we welcome the

Community Hospice House is not just for Bon Secours patients,

new year, full of things that have never been.”

but for any qualified individual who needs this compassionate setting for his or her final days, regardless of ability to pay.

Thank you for your support,

And the Guest House will provide a welcome respite for families needing to stay close to a loved one at St. Mary’s Hospital. I’ve seen excitement grow among our Board members this year,

William C. Boinest

as more of them have taken on important roles in these projects.

Chairman, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation


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The Spirit, Winter 2012