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The Caring Legacy of Evelyn D. Reinhart

The compassionate and caring spirit of Evelyn D. Reinhart lives on in our Guest House. Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital is pleased to continue her legacy in a home that cares for patients and their families.

In 1960, Evelyn and her husband, M.H. "Bud" Reinhart moved to Richmond. Evelyn, who graduated from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis as a U.S. Army nurse began volunteering at St. Mary's Hospital when her children grew older. At the time, St. Mary's was Richmond's newest hospital and the first in the West End.

Like many women of her generation, she continued to care for her extended family, occasionally spending weeks at a time living in unfamiliar hotels in strange cities as she provided care for her children or relatives who were hospitalized for surgery or illness.

The Reinhart Family with St. Mary's Hospital
CEO Toni Ardabell (second from left)

When her children grew older, Evelyn became a licensed RN in Virginia. She worked for several years as a private duty nurse at St. Mary's while continuing to volunteer. In 1984, at the age of 58, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer and succumbed to the disease in 1986.

With Evelyn's passing, the family searched for a way to honor her memory. Remembering her love of nursing, her joy as a St. Mary's volunteer and the difficult weeks she spent in hotels while caring for hospitalized family members, the proposed Bon Secours Guest House seemed to be the perfect fit.

It is the Reinhart family's sincere wish that the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House provides a comfortable haven, a home away from home where out-of-town families of Bon Secours patients may gather and rest, share their worries, prayers, frustrations and hopes, and easily attend their hospitalized loved ones.

The conveniently located home away from home will meet guests' basic needs, allowing families to focus on what matters most: caring for their loved ones at St. Mary's. 

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