Family Council for St. Joseph's Place Holds Flower Pot Sale at Bon Secours Community Hospital

Port Jervis, NY (May 8, 2010)– On Wednesday and Thursday, May 5 – 6, members of the Family Council for St. Joseph’s Place, a long term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital, held a “Lady Bug” Flower Pot Sale for Mother’s Day.

By Thursday afternoon, volunteers stationed on the first floor of the hospital, just outside St. Joseph’s Place, had completely sold out their first batch of colorful flower pots and were planning to order another shipment to continue the sale beyond Mother’s Day. Proceeds will be used for enhancements to the facility’s sun porch. 

“We selected these flower pots,” said Dee Dee Backus, president of the Family Council, “because they are unique and wouldn’t compete with what other non profit organizations were doing for Mother’s Day that same week.”

Backus explained that members of the Family Council for St. Joseph’s Place help staff coordinate other events such as birthday parties, especially when the resident’s family lives far away.

“We also visit other residents, besides those in our own family,” she said, “and we like to cheer them up and often run small errands for them. Someone, for example might run out of something like thread and we’re happy to go and get that. These are little things but they are important.”

St. Joseph’s Place Administrator Lisa Fedorka praised the members of the Family Council for being so helpful.

“Their assistance and involvement with St. Joseph’s Place has enriched both our nursing home and our community, she said. “We are very grateful.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts & crafts, education, and fitness programs. Residents also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place in keeping residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

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 seven states. For more information visit

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