WARWICK - (April 24) -  When Ruth Fitzgerald was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 18, 1914, the President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson. In June of that same year the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated, an event that sparked the start of World War I.  Silent moviegoers watched Charlie Chaplin play his famous comedy role as the Little Tramp and the Panama Canal officially opened after 10 years of construction.

On Thursday, April 24, Fitzgerald celebrated her 100th birthday with fellow residents and members of the staff at Schervier Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Fitzgerald worked most of her life in the printing industry. When her husband, Lewis, passed away she continued to live independently at home and then at an assisted living facility. About three years ago she came to Schervier Pavilion.

Fitzgerald, who is surprisingly alert for her age, attributes her longevity to good genes. Many of her closest relatives lived very long lives. And when asked what invention was the most significant achievement during her lifetime she answered, “The computer. I can do it but I’m not up to date with it now. But anyway, today, the kids are all texting and twittering.”

Fitzgerald was all smiles when she mentioned that she has a son and a daughter, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She also added, “I love the people here. The staff is wonderful to me.”

Although it may still seem rare, the fastest 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.

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.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers

Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

BSCHS 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 For a complete list of practitioners, visit

Ruth Fitzgerald celebrated her 100th birthday with fellow residents and members of the staff at Schervier Pavilion.

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