SRHS Family Memorial Tree Ceremony Honors Past Employees, Volunteers
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) held its third annual Family Memorial Tree ceremony of remembrance May 14. Dozens of people gathered to commemorate SRHS employees, volunteers, board members and physicians who passed away over the course of the last year, following a minimum of 10 years of active service.
This year, 35 names were added to the Family Memorial Tree, which is displayed in the main lobby of Spartanburg Medical Center. Those honored included physicians, volunteers, employees and board members who have passed away in the past year. The tree was dedicated in May 2013, and now contains nearly 150 names.
The memorial serves as a lasting tribute in grateful appreciation to those who dedicated their lives to serving others through health care.
“The ceremony puts a structure around the sense of mutual loss which we have experienced as families, co-workers and as a community,” said Rev. Carson Rogerson III, SRHS Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education. “It allows us to experience grief and healing together, and to celebrate the significant work and lives of our employees.”
Bruce Holstien, CEO for SRHS, initiated the Family Memorial Tree. The concept and inclusion criteria were then developed by Team Evolve, an SRHS employment engagement committee representing employees from across the system. The result is a sprawling piece of art, full of branches, that represents and honors those who have served SRHS in a variety of ways before finding their final resting place.
This year’s Family Memorial Tree commemoration ceremony was one of several National Hospital Week events at SRHS, celebrating the men and women who support the health of their communities through compassionate care, innovation and dedication.
About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Featuring a full spectrum of services, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is comprised of three hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, a multi-disciplinary physician group, a vibrant post-acute division, and is home to Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. With more than 300 physicians and 5,900 associates on staff, SRHS serves 11 counties in South and North Carolina. Spartanburg Medical Center was ranked No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina by U.S. News and World Report; the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer; and the American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.