GVH starts celebration of 100th anniversary
A photograph taken in 1917 shows nurses mowing the yard at Grand View Hospital.
“We do not ask them to do that today,” Mary Karpe, public relations specialist, said. “We think they have enough to do.”
Alongside that photo, the actual mower was one of the items on display as the first hospital in Bucks County began celebrating its 100th anniversary.
“Our actual anniversary date is Dec. 6, 2013,” Karpe said while about 400 people joined in Sept. 18 for what would usually be the hospital’s annual meeting, but this year had a special focus on the centennial. “This is the kick-off of that celebration,” Karpe said.
Along with the introduction of the sevenminute “Well Into the Future” video made for the hospital’s centennial and the www. gvh100.org centennial website, there were
displays of the hospital’s past and a view of the present and future through tours of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, the Intensive/Coronary Care rnit (ICCr), the Joint Replacement Center and the maternity ward.
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A pictorial timeline created for the centennial shows milestones in the hospital’s history, along with other things going on in the world at the same time.
“Really, the story is that the growth of the hospital was in step with the community and what the needs were,” Karpe said.
Historical items on display for the centennial celebration were on loan from Sellersville Museum.
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Her candy striper days weren’t at Grand View, though, she said.
Stephanie Weaver, a health promotion and wellness specialist, demonstrated the www.gvh100.org website, which includes the “Well Into the Future” video, timeline, stories about people and events in Grand View’s history and news on upcoming centennial events.
“We also have a spot available where people can share their memories of Grand View,” Weaver said.
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Cardiologist Dr. J. Doyle Walton, one of the tour guides for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory named in honor of the late Dr. David Flowers, pointed out the move to a new part of the hospital and the addition of a second lab in recent years.
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Shelly was a nurse at Grand View for almost three decades before becoming staff chaplain at Phoebe Richland Healthcare Center in Richlandtown, a pastor and published poet.
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As part of the kickoff event, Grand View Hospital displays photos of how the hospital has transformed over the past century.