It Took a Community with Generous Hearts

Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the Richmond community, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital broke ground on May 9 for a new facility that will touch the lives of patients and their families for years to come. 

The Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House, named for Evelyn D. Reinhart and offering a respite for families of critically ill patients, is scheduled to open in 2014. Mrs. Reinhart was a former nurse and volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital, and to honor her work, love and care, the Reinhart Foundation provided the $1 million lead gift. 

The Guest House will provide overnight accommodations and a community of support for those who live more than 90 minutes away from St. Mary’s Hospital. The 14,000-square-foot building will have 16 guest rooms and common areas for families to eat, relax, play, work and pray. 

The $4 million project is funded primarily through philanthropic support. 

A gift of $175,000 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities Richmond will help establish a pediatrics wing at the Guest House, focusing on the comfort of young patients’ families. The hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary gave $300,000 to continue the ministry of hospitality they began in 1997. Carter and Beverly Chinnis of Richmond gave $250,000 to support the effort.

Physicians who practice at St. Mary’s Hospital supported the project and have contributed about 11 percent of the total funds raised. 

“The project is truly impressive and will be a tremendous benefit for the hospital when completed,” said Dr. Jody Smith, president of the hospital’s medical staff. 

The facility will come to life because of the passion and generosity of hundreds of donors who see a Guest House as an integral part of how Bon Secours provides compassionate, holistic care.

After the Guest House opens next year, community members can continue to be a part of it, through naming opportunities, furnishing a suite or finding other ways to support the families and children the Guest House serves. 

“To live is to give, and we are grateful that we can support the hospital’s plan for a Guest House,” said donor Beverly Chinnis. “It will offer families a comforting sense of unity at a time of distress. We are hopeful that others will join us.”

The Spirit, Summer 2013