SCHERVIER PAVILION RESIDENTS CELEBRATE WINTER OLYMPICS
WARWICK, NY (February 11) – The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, had just begun and for the residents of the Schervier Pavilion long term care facility in Warwick, NY, it was an opportunity to celebrate the International event with a local version including an opening and closing ceremony with week long contests.
On Monday, February 10, the staff and residents started the week with the opening ceremony in the dining hall, which began with the Olympic anthem followed by everyone singing our National Anthem. That was a departure from tradition, since, for the Schervier Pavilion Olympics, the host country was the USA and not Russia.
Residents were invited to pass an Olympic “torch” from one person to another and then, in place of a parade of nations, 20 flags from different countries were handed out and individually waved during the playing of that nation’s national anthem. Those flags were placed on display for the remainder of the week.
Director of Recreation Kari Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS), concluded the ceremony with a brief discussion and questions about modern Olympic symbols and traditions such as the Olympic rings, which represent the five inhabited continents. (The Americas are treated as one continent.) and the motto, Citius—Altius—Fortius, which is Latin for "faster, higher, stronger." The staff then passed out red, white and blue ice cream to everyone.
During the week a modified series of Olympic games, perhaps not exactly like those in Sochi, but fun nevertheless, included “ice fishing,” curling and a “snowball” throw.
Schervier Pavilion, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Dedicated to the highest standard of health care excellence, its full range of services, such as its therapeutic recreational program, are designed to respond to each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
In addition to quality long term care services, Schervier Pavilion also offers a wide range of short-term (sub acute) care needs. Its sub acute services include IV therapy, Rehabilitation therapy and wound care. These services afford residents the ability to recuperate for a short time in the sub-
acute unit of the facility and then return to the community where they can resume a more independent life. In some cases, they can then enter Schervier Pavilion’s Day-At-A-Time, an innovative medical adult day care program that provides nursing services, medication administration, ongoing evaluations, and stimulating activities tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.
“Games and entertainment have an important value in long term care at Schervier Pavilion,” said Call. “Therapeutic recreation is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.”
All programs at Schervier Pavilion are designed to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of the residents with activities that are not only enjoyable but are also intended to achieve this goal.
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.
It includes the Bon Secours Medical Group, a regional network of nearly 80 primary and specialty care providers with convenient locations throughout the Hudson Valley.
For a list of providers visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html
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 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 healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information visit BSCHS.BonSecours.com
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.
On Monday, February 10, the staff and residents started the week with the opening ceremony in the dinning hall, which began with the Olympic anthem followed by everyone singing our National Anthem.
Residents, like Winston Williams, were invited to pass an Olympic “torch” from one person to another.
In place of a parade of nations, 20 flags from different countries were handed out and individually waved during the playing of that nation’s national anthem.
Ruth Heffernan waves the German flag during the playing of "Deutschlandlied," the German national anthem, which was one of 20 national anthems played.
Sue Ernhout and other members of the staff passed out red, white and blue ice cream.