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Schervier Pavilion resident Dorothy Anderson celebrates 100th birthday

WARWICK (February 11, 2010) – When Dorothy Anderson was born the President of the United States was William Howard Taft. And with the rare passage of Halley’s Comet that year, 1910, many people thought the world was coming to an end.

Anderson is currently a resident of Schervier Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. And on Thursday, February 11, the Court of St. Anne, No. 909, of the Catholic Daughters, sponsored a Mass and luncheon at nearby Mount Alverno Center in honor of her 100th birthday.

In spite of the many roadblocks for an African American woman in those days, Anderson knew education would one day be her key to success. She earned a college degree, led a very productive professional life and although she never held a public office, became one of Warwick’s most well-known, beloved and honored citizens.

At the beginning of the luncheon and birthday party, Catholic Daughters Regent Flora Roberto read a long litany of Anderson’s achievements during her 39 years of membership in the Court of St. Anne.

“She raised more money than anyone and did a great job in whatever she worked on,” said Roberto.

Anderson was always a familiar figure as an active volunteer and fundraiser for many Warwick organizations, even well into her mid 90s.

In 2003, she was voted, “Queen for a Day,” during the annual Warwick Merchant Guild celebration of “Ladies Night Out.” At that time and at age 93 she still kept a schedule that would exhaust people half her age.

At Sunday Mass, Anderson sang in the choir Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr. During the week she was involved in numerous Parish activities and committees and had been voted "Volunteer of the Year." She sewed quilts for charity, visited women in the prison system and served on committees as a long time member of the St. Anthony Community Hospital Auxiliary (SACHA). Even at her advanced age, Anderson always insisted on dancing in the chorus line with the “Sachettes” at SACHA’s annual June party.

“I stayed healthy by keeping active,” said Anderson. “I never smoked or drank alcohol. I just made other people happy.”

Although it may still seem rare, the fasting growing segment of the population is actually people who have reached the age of 100 and beyond. Providing long term health care is one of the most important services offered by members of the Bon Secours Health Care System.

Schervier Pavilion is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation. 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.

Additional information about Schervier Pavilion, Mount Alverno Center, Day-At-A-Time and St. Anthony Community Hospital is available on the Web at www.StAnthonyCommunityHosp.org.

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit www.bschs.org

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