On Wednesday, October 25, members of the Roane County community and representatives of Roane Medical Center gathered to dedicate three new pavers in the hospital’s serenity garden. The garden was created through charitable support when the new medical center was constructed in 2013.
“It’s designed to be a quiet, restful place where patients, family members and staff can come to meditate, pray and just take a break from the stress that comes from loved ones facing serious illness,” said Harlon McBride, coordinator of the hospital’s volunteer chaplains.
“Spiritual care is not something the hospital can bill for,” said McBride. “It exists through the generous donations of our time from our volunteer chaplains and funds from community donors like the friends who are joining us for this dedication today.”
Past District Commander Jim Irving, Roland Brown, and Richard Curtis of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598 Goldston-Whitson-Chapman were on hand to help dedicate the paver they donated. “Our gift honors the three World War II veterans for whom our post is named and all of those who have lost their lives in service to our country,” said Commander Irving. “Our post was started in Harriman just after WWII and continues to thrive today with almost 180 members.”
Family members of Jimmie Bryant Henry were also present to dedicate the paver in her memory. Her daughter, Terri Wheeler, recalled, “My Dad came to the hospital’s annual memorial service earlier this year and saw the pavers here in the garden. He knew then exactly what he wanted to do for Mom.”
Ms. Wheeler and her father, Jim Henry, were pleased to see the pavers in place and to know that her mother’s favorite life message – “Isn’t it wonderful what Jesus did for us” – is inscribed there for all who visit the garden to see.
A third paver, carrying the scripture from John 3:16, was donated by the members of Jonesville United Methodist Church.
Guests for the dedication were joined by Roane Medical Center CFO Rick Carringer and local realtor Kathy May-Martin, a member of the Fort Sanders Foundation board of directors which coordinates fund raising efforts for the hospital.
Additional pavers are available for anyone interested in this special way to honor a loved one and support chaplaincy services and spiritual care at Roane Medical Center. Contact the hospital chaplain’s office or Jeff Elliott, vice president of development, at 865-531-5197 for more information.
Roane Medical Center Chaplain Harlon McBride; Fort Sanders Foundation Board Member Kathy May-Martin; VFW Post 6598 representatives Richard Curtis, Roland Brown, and Jim Irving; Jim Henry; Terri Wheeler; and Roane Medical Center CFO Rick Carringer celebrate the installation of three new pavers in the hospital’s serenity garden.
Richard Curtis, Roland Brown, and Jim Irving from VFW Post 6598 Goldston-Whitson-Chapman helped to dedicate the paver their post donated in honor of the WWII veterans for whom the post is named and all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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