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OGH Unveils Commemorative Plaques at St. Francis Heritage Garden Event

Posted on: 10/26/2010

On October 26, 2010, Olean General Hospital (OGH) held a special dedication ceremony in the newly renovated St. Francis Heritage Garden located on the hospital’s campus to recognize the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany for their past sponsorship of St. Francis Hospital and their many contributions over the years to the region’s health care. 


Father Gregory J. Dobson from St. Mary’s of the Angels Roman Catholic Church in Olean led the event with an invocation.  A welcome message was provided by Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and member hospitals Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center, followed by a prayer from Sister Dana Hollis, OSF, manager of the Pastoral Care Department at OGH.  Additionally, special guest Sister Mary Croghan, former President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital was honored in appreciation for her leadership at St. Francis Hospital. 


Over 50 members of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, past St. Francis Hospital employees and Olean General Hospital representatives observed Sister Roberta Brunner, OSF, Upper Allegheny Health System board member, and David Prince, Upper Allegheny Health System chairman of the board, unveil a memorial rock displaying a plaque commemorating the Franciscan Sisters for their many years of service to the healthcare needs of the community.   Additionally, a new plaque near the statue of St. Francis was observed during the event.


“The dedication of the St. Francis Heritage Garden at Olean General Hospital provides a special opportunity to recognize the commitment to area healthcare of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, especially their sponsorship of St. Francis Hospital here in Olean from 1938-1991, said Timothy  Finan.  “In the garden we have a special plaque that expresses our gratitude to the Allegany Franciscan for their health care ministry here in Olean.”


In his remarks, Mr. Finan commented on the significance of the statue of St. Francis which is the focus of the garden and noted that the statue stood in front of St. Francis Hospital at 2221 West State Street in Olean for most of the hospital’s history. He also explained that despite the closure of St. Francis Hospital many years ago, the Franciscan charism continues to live on at Olean General Hospital through the participation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany on the Olean General Hospital Board of Directors.


Mr. Finan added, “I am very happy that we have come together to celebrate the Sisters’ many contributions to the health and well being of the Olean area. St. Francis Hospital was a critically important community resource for many years and is an important part of our community’s history. It is important and appropriate that the work of the Sisters and the special place that St. Francis Hospital occupied in the lives of so many area residents is understood and remembered.”  


Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

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