The next Annual Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
We are asking for volunteers from anniversary classes to reach out to classmates to organize your reunion. Anniversary classes include: '53, '58, '63, '68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93 and '98. Please contact SVHALUM@gmail.com
Gail has authored a new leadership e-book called Dragon Slayers - A Story of Conquering Change. Visit Amazon to purchase her new book.
Paul has volunteered to organize his classmates for a reunion. He can be reached at email@example.com.
For any us who were fortunate enough not to lose power on October 29, 2012, we can remember the footage of a nurse holding a neonate as they were loaded into an ambulance. What we may not have known then but know now, is that nurse was Margot Condon, a graduate of the class of '76
Margot spoke at our general meeting on May 30th about her experence in the NICU at NYU, the night Hurricane Sandy blew through town.
Filled with humility, humor and a love for nursing and her babies, Margot retold her story of how the nurses moved 20 babies down 9 flights of stairs in the dark. All the while, monitoring them, keeping them warm and in 2 cases, manually breathing for them.
It was a great story. In Margot's words, "a good thing for nursing".
Several months back, Pat Costello received a correspondence from an alum. Here's how the story goes. In 1944, she was a student working on Smith 10. At the time Al Smith was a patient on 10. When he was discharged, this alum was asked to clean up his room. It was then when she found it, Al Smith's monogrammed handkerchief. Not knowing how to get it back to him, our fellow alum has held onto it all these years. Pat Costello received it as part of the correspondence, hoping it can be returned to the family.
Not to worry, the handkerchief is on it's way back to the Smith family.
Read the acknowledgement for the Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore for the Associations donation post Sandy.
Tiles from the floors of the School of Nursing will be available at our meetings in limited supply and can be obtained by making a donation to the Sisters of Charity in the amount of $50. Please make your checks payable to Sisters of Charity. Sorry, the tiles cannot be shipped, so you must be present at the meeting to obtain a tile. The next meeting is Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12 noon.
The class of '62 had their 50th Jubilee on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The day began with a celebration of the Eucharist at St. Joseph's. Coincidentally, this is the same church where they were capped. Then the festivities moved on to the restaurant Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant in the financial district. Seventy plus alumnae/classmates attended.
Sue Brenner Caffrey, Judy Lynch-Sauer and Peggy Cahil Gorkey spoke about student life at St. Vincent's , professional life and nursing education now and how and why it has changed.
Many thanks to Ginny Ditts Kenny, Annette Nasie Kelly, Sue Brenner Caffrey, Nancy Fitzpatrick Rubin, and Rosaleen Gleeson Cody for putting this gathering together.
Click here to see the photos from the day.
Joan Caruana, Class of '61, the Editor of the SVH ALumnae Newsletter since 1975, has finally passed the baton. The editorial responsibilities of the newsletter will be shared by three of her "Flakes" from the Class of '68, Susan Faggiani, Bernadette (Fleming) Hemmer and Maureen (Garrett) McElhinney.
Siobhan Joan Dolan, '73 presented Acupuncture and Its Role in Mental Health at the September 22,2012 General Alumnae meeting. The day after the tragedy that ocurred at the World Trade Center on September 11,2001, an Ear Acupuncture(EA) Stress Reduction Clinic was started at St. Vincent's to provide stress relief for anyone in NYC. The treatment helped some express their feelings, and for many others, the EA effect was complete in itself.
More information on EA can be found on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Website. From September 2001 until December 2007, the SVH staff administered over 40,000 EA treatments.
Joan showed a video of how EA as an ancient healing technique is used to address acute trauma. To view the video, go to the Gallery Page.
Martina Murphy, '91, shared: The St. Vincent de Paul Stained Glass Window from St. Vincent's Hospital was saved and gifted to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, in honor of its legacy of charity. It is proudly displayed in the main lobby of the medical center.
At the dedication on September 27, 2012, in addition to Martina, was Sr. Maryanne Campeotto, SC and Sr. Karen Helfenstein, SC '66. Sr. Karen spoke on behalf of the Sisters of Charity of NY and the Staff of St. Vincent's Hospital, she thanked St. Joseph's Hospital for bringing St. Vincent de Paul home.
Some Charities assisting the victims of Sandy include:
The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore, Inc, 788 Shrewbury Avenue, Suite 2201, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724. www.savejerseyshore.org
Breezy Point Disaster Relief, c/o The Law Office of Lee and Kane, 2175 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234. breezypointdisasterrelief.org
Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hyland Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306. www.tunneltotowersfoundation.org
This year there was an opening for a new President and 3 new Board Members. We received one person willing to run for President and 3 people who were willing to run as Board Members. Since the number of people who were willing to run is equal to the number of positions needed, we do not have to send out ballots. We are however informing you of the results:
Thank you to all the officers who are leaving and all the new officers for your time and interest in the Association.
The next general meeting of the Association will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12noon at the Convent of the Sister's of Charity, 20 Washington Square North, NYC. Maureen Whalen '79 will speak on The Affordable Care Act and Insurance Portability. This is a very timely topic. All graduates are invited to attend.
This year marks the 54th volume of our newsletter. It also marks a changing of the guard - 3 new editors. To find out who they are, check out the newsletter. If you do not receive the newsletter, contact Pat Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org (In order to receive the newsletter, you have to be a member of the Alumnae Association.)
Margot Condon '76 spoke at our general meeting on May 30, 2013. She is the NICU nurse seen around the world as NYU evacuated during Hurricane Sandy. Read more...
Saturday, November 9, 2013. Read more...
Tiles from the Nurse's Residence were to be available at the Annual Luncheon but as you know Hurricane Sandy made that impossible. Read more...