Holy Rosary Foundation

The Story Behind a Red Chair in the ER

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In May, twelve new patient transport chairs were purchased and put into use at high-traffic locations within Holy Rosary Healthcare. These new chairs are considerable upgrades to traditional wheelchairs and provide patients and guests with safe and effective transportation while in the facility. The project was 100% funded through charitable gifts from generous donors.

When Earl, Laura and their daughter Emily Bennett, learned about the project, they thought it would be a perfect way to honor their mother and grandmother, Jean.

"In 1952, Jean was stricken with polio. She spent time in the "iron lung" and several months in a children’s hospital,” Laura explained. “The therapy to recover mobility was very painful. She never regained the ability to walk and only partial mobility in her arms. This didn't stop Jean from enjoying life. She raised four boys and half the neighborhood. She took college courses at Miles Community College. She worked outside the home until she could not find transportation that could accommodate her and her wheelchair. Jean loved to help others in whatever way possible. She was known to many as Grandma Jean.”

Thanks to a generous gift from the Bennett family, a ruby red transport chair in the Holy Rosary Emergency Room has lovingly been named “Jean’s Chair”… red was her favorite color. Laura added, “This ruby red “Jean’s Chair” is a way for Jean to continue helping others… in her way.” Jean had an endearing spirit and treated all those she encountered with respect and kindness.

We are so honored and humbled to have the Bennett family share Jean's legacy with us through this tribute gift. We are also blessed to have the daily reminder of Jean's strength and love for others.

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