St. Anthony Community Hospital Nurses Conduct Holiday Drive for Mother’s Cupboard
Project to be ongoing throughout the year
WARWICK – (Dec. 26) Each year Marlene Roerdon, RN, clinical coordinator Center for Ambulatory Surgery at St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, asks members of her nursing staff to attend a school or perform a community service for their professional enrichment.
“When nurse Dee Keegan came to me with the idea to do a service project for the community,” said Roerdon, “I suggested Mother’s Cupboard at St. Stephen’s Church in Warwick.”
Mother’s Cupboard, a pro-life ministry and Parish outreach program, collects donations of all baby items for parents in need such as diapers, wipes, lotion, powder, shampoo, sipping cups, pacifiers, blankets, bibs and the like.
Roerdon and Keegan reached out to nurse, Deborah Kozlowski, RN, who had been a Mother’s Cupboard volunteer, for information to get started with collecting donations. They created and circulated a flyer among the hospital staff and the donations poured in. The project will now be ongoing with donations collected from hospital staff and the public throughout the year in the Surgical Services Department.
“I wanted to do this to give back to the community,” said Keegan. “The Mothers’ Cupboard was a perfect choice. We gave two boxes of baby items and have more to go. I want to thank all of my coworkers for their generosity. It’s a collaboration of all of us.”
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.
From left, Marlene Roerdon, RN, clinical coordinator Center for Ambulatory Surgery at St. Anthony Community Hospital and Dee Keegan, RN.