St. Joseph's Place Resident Mildred Talmadge Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Mayor Russell Potter Attends Celebration and Issues Proclamation In Honor of National Nursing Home Week

Port Jervis, NY (May 12, 2010) – When Mildred Talmadge was born in Slate Hill, NY on May 10, 1910 the President of the United States was William Howard Taft. George M. Cohan was still producing Broadway shows and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, not to be confused with the famous 1939-color production, was a new silent movie. At one time in her long life, she and her husband, Clarence, lived in Florida, NY where they read by kerosene lamps, their only source of lighting.

On Tuesday, May 11, Talmadge, a resident of St. Joseph’s Place, a long term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital, in Port Jervis, NY, celebrated her 100th birthday a few days in advance. Activities Director Mary Louise Grimm, nursing home staff and other volunteers organized a special celebration for this memorable day including a traditional cake and candles, flowers, banners, balloons and lots of friends.

Talmadge, extraordinarily robust and alert for someone her age, credits her longevity to
the fact that she never smoked or drank alcohol and that she enjoyed good food,  worked hard and exercised. “I love everyone here and I wish them all the same good health and happiness that I’ve had,” she said.

Port Jervis Mayor Russell R. Potter also attended the celebration where he extended his well wishes to Talmadge and then read the city’s official proclamation in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

Sponsored by the American Health Care Association, National Nursing Home Week, held this year from May 9 – 14, called attention to the supportive and caring environment of nursing homes. The week provided an opportunity to honor all those who contribute to our nation’s nursing homes: residents, family members, employees and volunteers.

“I thank Mayor Potter for taking time out from his busy schedule to be with us today,” said St. Joseph’s Place Administrator Lisa Fedorka. “And I’m proud of all our staff members who took the initiative to make this such a special occasion for Mildred on her 100th birthday. They love all the residents and they are focused on their well being.”

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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