My Grandfather, Myron “Bud” Reinhart, passed away recently. We have to thank him and the donations of many, many others for the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House at St. Mary’s Bon Secours. When my Grandfather first told me about the intent of the Guest House many years ago, I was merely intrigued. It certainly sounded good: a place for the family of patients to stay while their loved ones are receiving treatment in the hospital. Good, but simple. It certainly wasn’t a new medical device to diagnose patients, or a new wing of the hospital to care for more patients. Only recently have I truly understood how impactful such a simple gesture can be: As my Grandfather’s health waned, his son and daughter felt an intense desire to simply be with him. To care for him and bring comfort in the way only family can.
That is the support the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House provides. Simple, but good beyond measure. Maintaining that family connection can mean more than words could ever describe. But the Guest House goes further and provides even more to its customers: a sense of home-away-from-home that a hotel never could, counseling to families with a loved one who has a life-threatening illness, and a community of other families who know the same struggles of caring for a loved one. These “good but simple” things can have far more impact than we realize. I am so proud to continue to support the Guest House my grandfather started, knowing that the simple things they do bring comfort to so many.
On behalf of my family, thank you so much for the support you provide to the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, and I hope you continue to do so in the future.
Christopher Reinhart Richards