Rosa Rodriguez, RN, was among those admiring a new timeline depicting the history of the SRC. The timeline and other displays were unveiled during the annual Founders' Day celebration on that campus.

YNHH celebrates Founders' Day

A lot has changed at the former Hospital of Saint Raphael since its integration with Yale New Haven Hospital in 2012. New centers for musculoskeletal care and restorative care for older adults have been established at the Saint Raphael Campus, a Bariatric/ Gastrointestinal Surgery unit opened earlier this year and numerous other enhancements have been completed or are under way.

What hasn't changed is the legacy of caring that began in 1907. That's when the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and 14 local physicians founded Saint Raphael's as "a hospital to receive and care for all patients without regard to race, creed or color; to extend charity to the sick, the poor and the needy  "

On Nov. 18, sisters from the New Jersey-based order joined employees, physicians and leaders from YNHH and Yale New Haven Health System for the annual Founders' Day celebration of that legacy.

In the four years since the integration, "we've come to appreciate even more the history of the Saint Raphael Campus, the work that went into creating something special here," Richard D'Aquila, president, YNHH and YNHHS, told the crowd in the SRC chapel.

Other speakers included special guest the Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair, archbishop of Hartford; as well as Marna Borgstrom, YNHHS CEO; Sister Rosemary Moynihan, general superior of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and a YNHH trustee; and a diverse group of employees who represented different departments at both hospital campuses.

After the service, attendees gathered for the unveiling of three special displays in "Memory Lane," the hallway that leads to the employee shuttle stop. These include the Tree of Life, moved from the former Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care, and a wall listing Center donors that incorporates stained glass panels from the Center.

A third display is a timeline showing the history of the SRC, from founding to the present. This display also has room for future milestones.

Said D'Aquila, "We're really excited about what's here and what's to come."

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