SPARTANBURG — A small group gathered in the lobby of Spartanburg Medical Center. Heads bowed in prayer as friends and families remembered volunteers, associates and board members who passed away during the past year.
For the past four years, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has held the Family Memorial Tree ceremony of remembrance. Names of those who passed away this year were added to the Family Memorial Tree, which is displayed in the main lobby of Spartanburg Medical Center.
During the celebration of life on Thursday, May 12, chaplain residents read the names of each person who is memorialized on the tree. As the name of each individual was announced, friends and family members received a white rose in memory of their loved one.
Those honored included physicians, volunteers, employees and board members, all of whom gave a minimum of 10 years of active service.
The tree was dedicated in May 2013, and now contains nearly 170 names. The memorial serves as a lasting tribute in grateful appreciation to those who dedicated their lives to serving others through health care.
“We often feel alone in grief. The Memorial Tree brings us together, helps us heal and helps us celebrate the lives of those who brought so much to this healthcare system,” said the Rev. Carson Rogerson III, SRHS Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education. “Each name we added to the tree this year provided something special to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.”
Those remembered with the Family Memorial Tree include:
William “Snook” Bailey
M. Kent Brown
Dr. John S. Featherston
Shirley C. Friel
Willie R. Greene
Bettie Garrett Hawes
Katie Adams Hodge
Christopher Todd Johnson
Stephen “Pete” Johnson
Zerno E. Martin Jr.
James (Jim) Rosengrant Jr.
Mary Alice Shippy
Jessie H. Smith
Jeannette Marie Sill
Clara Mae Sullivan
Rachel S. Thompson
SRHS CEO Bruce Holstien initiated the Family Memorial Tree. The concept and inclusion criteria were then developed by Team Evolve, an SRHS employment engagement committee representing associates from across the system. The result is a sprawling piece of art, full of branches, that represents and honors those who have served SRHS in a variety of ways.
This year’s Family Memorial Tree commemoration ceremony was one of several National Hospital Week events at SRHS, held to celebrate the men and women who support the health of their communities through compassionate care, innovation and dedication.
About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.
This story courtesy of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.