There was a tell-tale sea of blue and green smocks in the audience as Service League of Greenville President Annelle West took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of Vidant Health’s new Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is an important part of improving wellness in Greenville and eastern North Carolina and The Service League of Greenville members are proud to be a part of its beginnings and providing ongoing support through our Hope and Caring Boutique and the Healing Gardens.
The new healing garden made the perfect backdrop for the presentation of our first payment of $300,000 to meet our $2 million pledge to Vidant Health Foundation for the new Cancer Center’s garden. Service League of Greenville President, Annelle West, along with Vice President, Ann Taylor; 2nd VP, Danette Pugh; and Past President, Mary Lee Hobbie presented the check to Phyllis DeAntonio, Administrator for Cancer Services at Vidant Medical Center.
The day was cool, but sunny as Service League of Greenville members enjoyed their first glimpse of the healing garden in Vidant Health’s new Cancer Center set to open this month.
Another great day to be a part of the Service League of Greenville!
The Easter Bunny made blanket deliveries to Vidant Cancer patients on Easter morning — with a little help from Service League members.
In April, Hospital Activities Co-chairs Cassie Causey and Cathy Marsh made a final blanket delivery to Vidant Hospital. 30 hand-tied, fleece blankets were entrusted to Leslie Spencer’s capable hands. She, in turn, organized their special delivery to enliven Easter Sunday for Vidant cancer patients. (Santa’s elves could take some pointers from these ladies.)
Additional blankets will be gifted as other cancer patients finish with their infusion treatments.
All told, 104 blankets were made during 4 workshops by many nimble and willing Service League hands (supported, of course, by plenty of lively conversations) and gifted with love and compassion to patient throughout Vidant Health.
Huge thanks to all the Service League members and Vidant staff who helped make these blanket gifts so special.
And, of course, Cassie, Cathy and Leslie — You ladies are awesome!
In 2015 Service League of Greenville members pledged $2 million for a Healing Garden as part of the new Cancer Center located adjacent to the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. Once completed, the new facility will provide both inpatient and outpatient cancer services.
Last month, all Service League members were invited to attend a preview presentation by Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Health Foundation to update us on what has been happening with the cancer center and what our money will be helping to achieve.
Here are a few highlights from the comprehensive and thoughtful presentations by Phyllis DeAntonio, System Service Line Administrator of Cancer Care for Vidant Medical Center; Elaine Cunningham, Director of Development, Vidant Health Foundation; Varessa Wall, Director of Development, Vidant Health Foundation; Eva Marie Dyba, Major Gifts Officer, Vidant Health Foundation; and, Blair Vick, Event Coordinator, Vidant Health Foundation:
- The importance of a cancer care center to Eastern North Carolina.
- An artist rendering of the beautiful healing garden with meditation labyrinth (lower left).
Although the exterior of the cancer center is looking to be near completion these day, the doors won’t officially open until 2018. (You can watch the Cancer Center’s progression on Vidant’s construction cam video.)
Service League members and Vidant team ride a bus past the construction zone on their way to touring an actual mock-up of both an infusion treatment suite and care room.
- In this mock infusion suite, league members see how patients will be able to view the healing garden provided by their pledge.
In all, four groups from the Service League attended presentations by hospital and foundation staff. Our thanks to the dedicated team of ladies who answered our many questions and who share our passion and commitment to the well-being of Eastern North Carolina.