Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association celebrated their 105th anniversary with a luncheon held at The Main Course at Belmont in Rocky Mount on Thursday, May 16. More than 50 individuals attended the event, including 31 Park View nurses.
Park View Hospital opened its doors as a 25-bed facility on July 1, 1914. Hospital staff witnessed and served both locally and throughout the world during the 1918 Spanish flu and during four wars. The hospital was the largest in Rocky Mount and surrounding communities. The hospital closed in 1971 with 145 beds, and patients were transferred to Nash General Hospital, now Nash UNC Health Care System.
During the anniversary celebration, a candle lighting ceremony was held in memory of the nursing alumnae who passed away in the past year. A special vocal performance was provided by Kennedy Miller, UNC-Wilmington Honors Scholar and granddaughter of Carolyn Shearin, Park View Alumna.
Contributions commemorating the anniversary support the Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Scholarship which was established at Nash Community College in 1989 by the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Association.
Nash Community College nursing instructor Courtney Calhoun was the keynote speaker. “The Park View nurses are the history and foundation of nursing in our area,” she said. “Without them the history of nursing in this area could be lost.” Calhoun was a recipient of the Park View Nurses Alumnae Scholarship. Upon graduating from NCC with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2013, she completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Sciences in Nursing Education degrees at UNC-Wilmington. Calhoun will begin pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Gardner-Webb University this fall.
“I could not have paid my tuition at Nash Community College without the gift of the Park View scholarship and for that I will be forever thankful. The scholarship has come full circle as I am now teaching at Nash Community College where my career began in nursing.”
In addition to Calhoun, Anne Battle Poole and Patty Collins shared remarks at the luncheon. Poole is the daughter of the late Dr. Newsom Battle, surgeon and the late Dr. Margaret Battle, obstetrician-gynecologist, who was the first female physician in Rocky Mount. Patty Collins, MA Ed., BSN has authored two books documenting the history and legacy of Park View Hospital and the Park View School of Nursing.
For more information on the scholarship fund, please contact Pam Ballew, Nash Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 7488 Rocky Mount, NC 27804, (252) 451-8329 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nash Community College administers the scholarship and maintains the Park View Health Sciences Hall on its campus where Park View Hospital and Nursing School memorabilia is displayed.
Beverly Griffin, Park View Nursing alumna, event organizer (left) and Courtney Calhoun, NCC nursing instructor and former Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Scholarship recipient (right).
Martha R. Price, Park View alumna, Alumnae Association president (left) and Patty Collins, Park View School of Nursing historian (right).