Over 400 Supporters Come Out to Kick-Off Grand View Hospital’s 100th Anniversary
|(September 12, 2012) Sellersville, PA – Despite the rain and winds of yesterday’s storm, an estimated 400 people came out for the official kick-off of Grand View’s Centennial celebration. The crowd gathered in lively conversation while enjoying an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Guided tours gave guests a glimpse at the exceptional care and advanced technologies found in the Joint Replacement Center, the Birth & Family Center, ICCU, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The event coincided with the hospital’s public annual meeting with remarks by President & CEO Stuart Fine and Grand View Health Foundation Chair Mary Anne Poatsy.
Mr. Fine reflected on the opening of the hospital 100 years ago to address the needs of “sufferers of all disease and accidents.” He noted, “The first patients were attended to in a small, converted farmhouse situated just uphill from where we’re now standing” Mr. Fine continued, “Today, Grand
Grand View Hospital Kicked-off its 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Annual Meeting
View is a modern facility of more than 200 inpatient beds, occupying over half a million square feet of space on six campuses.” The hospital is the community’s largest employer, with a staff of approximately 1,800. He added, “More than 500 patients a day are cared for through our inpatient and outpatient hospital facilities, with hundreds more being cared for through our many physician offices.”
Members from all corners of the community came out to celebrate Grand View’s past, present, and future. Distinguished guests included Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Sellersville Mayor Thomas Hufnagle, Chair of the Hospital Board of Trustees Bill Aichele, board members, medical staff, employees and volunteers - both past and present.
A memorabilia gallery gave guests an opportunity to see and examine historic items from an extensive collection of hospital artifacts on loan from the Sellersville Museum. The gallery featured historic photos and mementos, including items from the Grand View School of Nursing and medical equipment physicians used long ago.
Among the collection was a hand mower. To the astonishment of numerous guests, an accompanying photo showed two nurses from the early 1900s, using the very same mower to cut hospital lawn. Staff − some dressed in uniforms from an earlier era − escorted guests exploring memorabilia, which underscored the great medical advances since Grand View’s founding.
Guests also enjoyed a premier showing of a video tracing the hospital’s century of care from early beginnings to today. The video can be viewed online at a special Centennial website, www.gvh100.org.
- The Centennial video, “Well Into the Future”
- A pictorial timeline of key historic milestones
- Profiles of key people
- Stories about the Auxiliary and School of Nursing
- Recognition of employees, volunteers, and physicians
- A place where anyone can share their own Grand View story
- News on upcoming events
- The Annual Report
- And much more
The public is invited to check the Centennial website regularly for updates and events. Hospital visitors are encouraged to view the recently installed large-scale timeline near the cafeteria, which marks major hospital milestones. The Centennial celebration will continue on to the hospital’s actual 100th anniversary date, December 6, 2013. While Grand View opened its doors eager to address the community’s medical needs a century ago, it remains committed to providing compassionate care and the latest medical advances well into the future.