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Gracious Generosity Enables Greater Comfort for Patients with Cancer

Released: March 31, 2010

Pictured (from left) Tracey Borgstrom, RN, BA, Clinical Manager of WW2; Theresa Smith, NA; and Candace Williams, RN.

Recent renovations to West Wing 2 at The Chester County Hospital were driven by the goal to make the family lounge and the patient rooms more comfortable for patients and their guests. The nurses and donors that helped make these changes possible recently celebrated the results of their contributions.

The clinical team on West Wing 2 is grateful for the generous donations of The Chester County Hospital employees and faithful donor - Gretchen Bowker. West Wing 2 is a medical/surgical floor that treats people with all types of ailments, but primarily provides care for patients with cancer.

In support of the Hospital's Cancer Program, employees raised more than $5,000 during the 2008 and 2009 Wear Denim Fridays that took place over the past two Octobers. With additional funds from outside donors, the Hospital allocated the money to renovate the family lounge located at the end of the West Wing 2 corridor.

Gretchen Bowker (standing) and family friend Carolyn Brookover.

The lounge received new carpet, wallpaper and window treatments. The window sills were resealed and painted, and new lighting was installed. After these maintenance projects, the remaining funds were used to purchase a flat screen TV, wall décor, new furniture and shelving for a cancer literature library.

In addition, Gretchen Bowker, a private donor and passionate supporter of the Hospital, generously provided for 12 new comfortable recliners for the patient rooms on the wing. After her husband passed away from cancer in 2006, she has been donating the proceeds from the annual Gordon S. Bowker Memorial Golf Tournament to The Cancer Program of The Chester County Hospital. Her mission is to provide comfort for patients living with cancer, as well as their families.

"The goal was to create a soothing healing environment for our patients and their families," says Cathy Weidman, Director of Medical Surgical Services at The Chester County Hospital. "We feel this goal was achieved."

West Wing 3

Last Updated: 3/31/2010