Heritage Wall to be Installed at Trinity West

February 22, 2017 4 p.m.

Before Sylvania Franciscan Health joined Catholic Health Initiatives in late 2014, the SFH board discussed how the heritage of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio could be preserved in the healthcare  ministries they established.   The board decided to fund heritage walls in each of the ministry locations that would become part of CHI. 

A company in the Toledo area, 2-Scale, was retained to design and fabricate the hangings which were to have some depth and not just be flat pieces on the wall.  Working with Sr. Nancy Surma, VP Mission Integration for SFH; the archives of the Sisters of St. Francis; and with pictures from each location, images were selected and texts written for eight different location.

At Trinity Health System, the heritage wall is in two sections of 6’ W x 2’ H each.  The board on the left tells the story of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio and their involvement in healthcare.  An image of the foundress, Mother M. Adelaide Sandusky, starts the story of the religious community which was established in Toledo in 1916.  The story unfolds with the entry into health care in 1918 and reviews the locations in seven states where the Sisters sponsored hospitals and nursing homes.

The board on the right tells the story of the two predecessor organizations of Trinity Health System—Ohio Valley Hospital and St. John Medical Center, going back to their respective foundings at Lacy Hotel and Gill Hospital.  The images move through the affiliation of the two institutions in 1996 and the 2016 change which made Trinity Health System wholly owned and sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives. 

The boards are being installed on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in the hallway leading to the Gill Lobby at Trinity West.

A special dedication is planned for Friday, March 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM with Bishop Monforton.

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