ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER PHILANTHROPY

A Congregation’s  Support for thPEDIATRIC  ED                                                              

PADRE PIO was a humble priest living in a monastery in an extremely  poor  village in southern Italy.  He became known for his miraculous healing and stigmata, as well as his physical contributions to the community in the form of an orphanage and the              founding of Casa  Sollievo della Sofferenca , a private scientific research hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo and one of the premier hospitals in Europe. He was canonized in 2002 and is often called  one the world’s  most popular saints.

In devotion to Padre Pio, the  St .  Bede the Venerable congregation  hosts an annual festival in hi s honor, bringing thousands of pilgrims from near and fa r together   for a celebration of his spiritual,  social, and cultural impact . The festival, now in its fourth year, is held in September and includes special worship services, live music,     carnival games and rides, a  community picnic, a  Feast Day mass and street procession.

The volunteer committee leading t he efforts  decided to use this opportunity to raise support for their own local hospital and in  honor of Padre Pio’s care for those in need and his compass i on for children, they  directed the  proceeds of the  festival to St .  Mary’s Pediatric Emergency Department .

The Pediatric Emergency Department at St. Mary was expanded in 2013 as the final phase of the Emergency Department and Trauma Center renovation  and expansion. The unit was designed  to create a  reassuring family environment  and more kid­    friendly experience for t he thousands of young patients seen each year. The department i s staffed day and night with physicians and nurses specially trained in pediatric emergencies.

Thanks to the generosity  of donors like the comm unity at St. Bede the Venerable, the department also  has t he latest technology  to support fast diagnosis and recovery including  a pediatric resuscitation room equipped to  provide  critical care needs for injuries and other medical emergencies.