Annually, on the last Friday in April, graduates from the Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) School of Nursing gather for a reunion in Dayton. Each year they honor the class celebrating its 50th anniversary. These 50-year classes seek 50th-anniversary celebration gifts in support of nursing programs.
Please use this convenient form to make a gift in support of nursing.
Graduates are passionate about the meaning of their nursing cap. A few of them share their thoughts.
“My cap is my dignity! Our cap is our Good Sam signature, just as a ball cap is to a sports team.” - Carol (Foley) Cartwright, Class of 1957, Centerville, Ohio
“After 37 years in nursing, my cap represents the profound change that nursing experienced with the influence of Florence Nightingale. I believe she changed forever the perception of the nurse and that the cap is the symbol of that change.” - Sherry (Edwards) Toepfer, Class of 1958, Colorado Springs, Colorado
‘You Go, Girl!’ Fifty years later, that's still what my cap says. It means accomplishment, dignity, self-esteem, hard work, precious memories, and loving lifetime friendships!” - Mary Ellen (Derry) Treon, Class of 1955, Phoenix, Arizona
Mary Kopf Gates: Legacy of Caring
April 24, 1913, to April 5, 2007
As a nursing student at GSH, Mary (Kopf) Gates wasn’t preparing for a job, she was embarking on a mission. A member of the second graduating class at the Hospital in 1935, Mrs. Gates dedicated her life to caring for the sick and injured. As a hospital nurse and later an industrial nurse for General Motors, Mrs. Gates lived the GSH values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence.
When Mrs. Gates died in April 2007, she reaffirmed her devotion to meeting the needs of the sick with a charitable gift annuity that benefited Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation - Dayton. The Mary Gates Endovascular Suite in the new Heart and Vascular Hospital now provides state-of-the-art care and treatment for patients with peripheral vascular disease.
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation-Dayton
2222 Philadelphia Drive
2200 Bldg. Suite 500
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 734-GIVE (4483)
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