SRHS Family Memorial Tree honors past healthcare givers

Published on Friday, May 13, 2016

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SRHS Family Memorial Tree honors past healthcare givers

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

A small group gathered in the lobby of Spartanburg Medical Center. Heads bowed in prayer as friends and families remembered volunteers, associates and board members who passed away during the past year.

For the past four years, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has held the Family Memorial Tree ceremony of remembrance. Names of those who passed away this year were added to the Family Memorial Tree, which is displayed in the main lobby of Spartanburg Medical Center. 

During the celebration of life on Thursday, chaplain residents read the names of each person who is memorialized on the tree. As the name of each individual was announced, friends and family members received a white rose in memory of their loved one.

Those honored included physicians, volunteers, employees and board members, all of whom gave a minimum of 10 years of active service.

The tree was dedicated in May 2013, and now contains nearly 170 names. The memorial serves as a lasting tribute in grateful appreciation to those who dedicated their lives to serving others through health care.

“We often feel alone in grief. The Memorial Tree brings us together, helps us heal and helps us celebrate the lives of those who brought so much to this healthcare system,” said the Rev. Carson Rogerson III, SRHS Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education. “Each name we added to the tree this year provided something special to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.”

Those remembered with the Family Memorial Tree include:

William "Snook" Bailey

Bobby Brown

John Camp

Carolyn Coates

Shirley C. Friel

Yatemon Gray

Willie R. Greene

Bettie Garrett Hawes

Libby Hayes

Katie Adams Hodge

Dwight Jackson

Christopher Todd Johnson

Stephen "Pete" Johnson

Neal Koon

Zerno E. Martin Jr.

Betty Noland

Cherie Pequignot

Janis Rash

James (Jim) Rosengrant Jr.

Mary Alice Shippy

Jessie H. Smith

Jeannette Marie Sill

Clara Mae Sullivan

Rachel S. Thompson

Joyce Wall

SRHS CEO Bruce Holstien initiated the Family Memorial Tree. The result is a sprawling piece of art, full of branches, that represents and honors those who have served SRHS in a variety of ways.




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