THTC Invites Public to Dedication of New Heritage Wall
News Release—For Immediate Release with Photo March 31, 2017
Photo Caption: Trinity Hospital Twin City’s new heritage wall display depicts the history of the hospital (which will mark its 105th year this August) as well as the history of the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters who sponsored the hospital through Sylvania Franciscan Health
“Trinity Hospital Twin City Installs Heritage Wall, Invites Public to Dedication Ceremony”
DENNISON—Trinity Hospital Twin City invites the public to attend a special blessing and dedication ceremony of its new heritage wall display at 10 am on Thursday, April 6th. The ceremony will take place in the hallway alongside the newly-installed heritage wall, which is located on the ground floor of the hospital, just inside the hospital’s main entrance. Father Ty Tomson of Immaculate Conception Church will preside over the blessing, and Mission Integration Leaders, Sisters Nancy Ferguson, Dorothy Jayne Krupp, and Nancy Surma, will assist with the ceremony. Light refreshments will be available after the blessing.
The new heritage wall display celebrates and honors the rich history of both the Sylvania Franciscans (who became the hospital’s sponsor in May 2011) and Trinity Hospital Twin City, which was founded as Twin City Hospital in 1912. A company in the Toledo area, 2-Scale, designed and fabricated the display, which was created to have depth and dimension and not be merely a plaque on a wall. Working with Sister Nancy Surma, Vice President of Mission Integration for Sylvania Franciscan Health; the Trinity Hospital Twin City Marketing Department; and the archives from the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio; images were selected and texts written for the wall.
The left side of the display tells the story of the Sisters of St. Francis and their involvement in health care and features a picture of the foundress, Mother M. Adelaide Sandusky, who established the religious community in Toledo in 1916. The story unfolds with the entry into health care ministry in 1918 and reviews the locations in seven states where the sisters sponsored hospitals and nursing homes.
The right side of the display presents a visual history of the hospital and includes several photos of early healthcare leaders. The wall also shows the affiliation between the Sisters of St. Francis and the hospital and reflects when the hospital became a part of Catholic Health Initiatives.
Several local families are depicted on the new display, and Trinity Hospital Twin City officials are asking for help from the community to share information about the heritage wall with relatives of those families. Specifically, the families of the women who started the hospital in 1912; the families of the women who graduated from the Twin City Hospital nursing school in 1939; the family of James Menepace (who was born at the hospital in 1942); the families of Doctors Applin, Curtiss, Greenlee, Hammersley, Hines, Miller, Pilloff, Roche, Wilson, and Wolf; and the families of Sally and Sue Kuba.
“We hope the public will attend to view our new historical display, and we would especially love to see and hear from family members of those whose pictures are on the heritage wall,” shared Tiffany Poland, Trinity Hospital Twin City Director of Marketing. “We are so thankful to the Sylvania Franciscans for providing a way to showcase our shared history in such a meaningful manner.”
The heritage wall project was funded by the Sylvania Franciscan Health Board as a way to commemorate the role of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, in establishing and preserving the health care ministry at Trinity Hospital Twin City.
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