In a touching ceremony held in the chapel at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System, residents Anthony and Katherine Aubert recently renewed their vows at a Wedding Renewal Celebration.
Sixty one years ago the couple were married in New York City, in the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The parish, in what was known as Spanish Harlem, was established in 1927 to serve the Spanish-speaking community of upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
The couple lived in Manhattan for 40 years and then moved to Haverstraw, a town in Rockland County. Before coming to Schervier Pavilion, they lived for a short time at Mount Alverno Center, a New York State-approved adult home with an Assisted Living Program also on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System.
The Wedding Renewal Celebration, attended by family and friends, was conducted by Pastoral Care Director Debra Sheridan and Chaplain Tracey Kessler. When the groom was asked the traditional question about taking the bride to be his lawfully wedded wife, he answered, “I clearly do.” After kissing the bride he said, “I love you yesterday. I love you today. I’ll love you always.”
Immediately after the ceremony the wedding party assembled in the Schervier Pavilion dining hall for refreshments and, of course, a toast to the bride and groom and the cutting of the wedding cake.
“Every now and then we have an opportunity to celebrate an important event in the lives of our residents,” said Kari Call, who is a certified therapy recreation specialist (CTRS) at Schervier Pavilion. “We believe this is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services at our facility.”
In addition to quality long term care services, Schervier Pavilion also offers a wide range of short-term (sub acute) care needs. Its sub acute services include IV therapy, Rehabilitation therapy and wound care. These services afford residents the ability to recuperate for a short time in the sub-acute unit of the facility and then return to the community where they can resume a more independent life. In some cases, they can then enter Schervier Pavilion’s Day-At-A-Time, an innovative medical adult day care program that provides nursing services, medication administration, ongoing evaluations, and stimulating activities tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.