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BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PASTORAL CARE STAFF EXTENDS HOLLIDAY GREETINGS

PORT JERVIS, NY (December 18) – On behalf of Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, the hospital’s Pastoral Care Staff wishes to extend holiday greetings to everyone.

“We, the Pastoral and Pastoral Administration Staff of Bon Secours Community Hospital,” said Chaplain Sr. Cathy Crowley, C.N.D, “reach out to wish you in our local community the choicest blessings peace, joy, love and good health – physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally in this holiday season and all the days of our coming year 2014.”

Sr. Cathy Crowley, C.N.D, who celebrates her Golden Jubilee this year, is the new Director of Pastoral Care at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She brings almost 40 years of experience and directorship in acute hospitals throughout New York, Connetictt and New Jersey. Sr. Cathy is a member of the Congregation of Notre Dame, which is an international community serving in Canada, Honduras, Guatemala, Japan and the Cameroons, in Africa.

“We want you to know, “ she said, “that we as the Pastoral Care team are here to be with you 24/7, to walk beside you and with you in times of physical or mental illness, crisis, death, and bereavement.  We are here for patients and families alike.”

Members of the Bon Secours Community Hospital Pastoral Care team also include Sr. Rosemary Corr, O.P., Fr. Vincent Odikanaro, Rev. Patt Kaufman, of St. Peters Church in Port Jervis and Pastoral Care coordinator, Eileen Perreault.

Sister Rosemary Corr, O.P. is a member of the Amityville, Long Island Dominican Community and just recently celebrated her jubilee of 50 years in her community.  For the past 25 years she has been a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. In 1996, when Bon Secours Community Hospital was the Tri-State Health system, Sr. Rosemary was hired as Regional Director of Pastoral Care.  In 2001, she left the position of Regional Director, to take a leadership position in her community and later, to care for her Sister Susan, who died in 2010.

Sr. Rosemary returned to Bon Secours Community Hospital and continues to be a sign of joy and hope and good help to those in need as she ministers in both the hospital and St. Joseph’s Place as Chaplain.  Her focus, in particular, has been to support those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. She offers monthly bereavement support through a program, “The Journey of Grief”, which addresses the mourner’s needs during the first year after the death of someone loved. Her program is offered on the third Saturday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Fr. Vincent Ibe Odikanaro, was ordained a priest for the diocese of Orlu in Nigeria in 1983. After his priestly ordination, he worked as pastor in several parishes in his diocese before being sent, by his bishop, to study in the United States.  In 2008, after completing studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy, he relocated from Michigan to Port Jervis, New York, where he has been administering the sacraments of the Church and offering compassionate care to the sick, the dying, the elderly and the needy as a Priest/Chaplain in the Bon Secours Health System.

Rev. Patt Kauffman, pastor of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Port Jervis, has been assisting the Pastoral Care team at Bon Secours by serving as an on call Chaplain on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Eileen Perreault has been with Bon Secours Community Hospital for over 15 years.  As Coordinator of the Pastoral Care Department, she works closely with the Director of Pastoral Care and department chaplains, priests, deacons and volunteers to enhance the Mission of Bon Secours Community Hospital by providing professional administrative assistance to the entire department.

Pastoral Care volunteers Janet Goodwin, George Kanfer, Jackie Padgett, Raymond Patterson, Rosemarie Babey, Bette Lieberman, Barbara-Dwyer Anderson, Ronnie Gioia, Flo Santini and Sue West lend vital support to the Pastoral Care Department and to the patients of Bon Secours Community Hospital and St. Josephs Place.

Anyone having interest in becoming a Pastoral Care volunteer can contact Sr. Cathy at (845) 858-7000 Ext. 7006, from 8-4:30, Monday through Friday.

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.

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, a national Catholic system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassion to healthcare and serving those in need.

About Bon Secours Health System

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky.
Visit www.bshsi.org for more information.



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Front, from left: Sr. Cathy Crowley, C.N.D, director of Pastoral Care at Bon Secours Community Hospital and Eileen Perreault, coordinator of the Pastoral Care Department.

Rear: Priest/Chaplain Fr. Vincent Ibe Odikanaro and Sister Rosemary Corr, O.P, Bon Secours Community Hospital and St. Joseph’s Place Chaplain.

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