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A wonderful and timely surprise awaited the board of Directors of Gov. Juan f. Luis hospital last week.
Members of Retired Nurses of St. Croix Inc. don’t work bedside anymore, but they still contribute to health care in the Virgin Islands. On Friday the nurses presented a $10,000 check to Virgin Islands Cardiac Center Director Dr. Kendall Griffith and Jeff Nelson, the chief executive officer of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital. Mr Griffith added “It is admirable for the nurses to continue to improve people’s lives after they retire, it tells me nursing is a lifetime commitment.”

Three years ago the retired nurses promised they would work tirelessly to raise a donation of 50,000 Dollars, to date they have donated 32,000 Dollars, keeping them well on target for their 5 year plan.

Apart from raising much needed funds, The Retired Nurses of St Croix, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2004. The officers of the group are Magdalene Hobson, president, Ena Berry, vice president, June Rawlins, secretary and Gwendolyn Burke, treasurer.

The group also help out whenever possible within the community. Its mission is to utilize members professional expertise to provide community services in comforting and counseling patients, families and friends in medical crisis situations. To enlighten the public about common health risks and their avoidance, and to help recruit and mentor young people to enter the nursing profession.

They have recently provided their expertise to the public once again, offering free blood pressure screening at the American Red Cross Center.