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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, July 23, 2015, Page A8, Image 8

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'Katie B.' Hospital alumni reunion set for this weekend BY FELEC1A PIGGOTT-LONG. PHD. SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE The annual Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital Alumni Reunion will be held Friday through Sunday, July 24-26 at the Hawthorne Inn, 420 High St. in Winston Salem. Former doctors, nurses and other employees, former patients, students, persons who were born there and com munity supporters are invnea to this celebration of the hospital for African-Americans. This year's theme is "Meet Us at the , 30th Katie B. Reunion!" The Kate Bitting Reynolds . Memorial Hospital was built in 1938. In 1970, Katie Bitting I Hospital was closed, and a new F hospital called Reynolds I Memorial Hospital opened to I serve African-Americans. It I ceased to function as a general I hospital in 1972. ' The hospital housed two Mack schools: School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, training programs for doctors to acquire medical specialities in medicine, sur gery, and ob-gyn. There were also two dormitories for nursing students and x-ray technician students. "We want everyone to know that this event is to pro mote the mixing and mingling of the people. We are cel ebrating what we accomplished as a hospital family," said Beverly Watson, vice president. "I would not be where I am today without my education there. Kate Bitting Hospital has helped us all to be responsible, contributing citizens in the community." "We want everyone to know that this event is to promote the mixing and mingling of the people. We are celebrating what we accomplished as a hospital family." The opening social gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. It will include registration, "Remembering Katie B," heavy hors d'oeuvres and an evening of enter tainment, featuring the Encore Line Dancers. The cost of this event is $25. On Saturday, registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Afterward, breakfast will be served, followed by a busi ness meeting at 10 a.m. and a tour of the area surrounding where the Kate Bitting Hospital once stood. It will include the official historical marker for the hospital and a marker for the Nurses' Residence, radiology students and class rooms. The cost of the breakfast is $25. The Saturday evening registration will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. followed by a full-service banquet and speaker presentation at 4:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Sir Walter Lee Mack Jr., pastor of Union Baptist Church. His Bishopship was conferred upon Mack on July 10 by Bishop Neil C. Ellis of Global United Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida as Bishop of Global Evangelism. Bishop Mack's mother, Frances Mack, trained and graduated from Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1954. She served as assistant head nurse for the surgical unit from 1954 until 1972. The cost of the banquet is $25. On Sunday, participants are invited to attend the church of their choice. Planning committee mem bers for the reunion include Chairwoman Jacqueline Noble Howell,Co-Chairwoman Beverly Watson, Chaplain Bemie Neal Anderson, Corresponding Secretary Josephine B. Hall, Corresponding Secretary Gloria Millner and Entertainment Coordinator George Cunningham. For information contact Jacqueline Howell at 919 477-2200 or Beverly Watson at 336-761-1431. In 1941, a 90-bed addition to the Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital was funded by William Neal Reynolds, making it the third lafgesi hospital for African Americans in the United States. Before 1938, most African-American patients who were ill stayed at home, and the minority doctors made house calls. Dr. Bruce had a free-standing surgical ambulatory clinic on New Walkertown Road The wife of William N. Reynolds asserted that the hos pital should also provide avenues for medical training. The hospital housed two schools: School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, training programs for doctors to acquire medical specialities in medicine, sur gery, and ob-gyn. There were also two dormitories for nursing students and x-ray technician students. Prior to 1941, there were no Black hospitals for black doctors to practice in. The efforts of the black doctors, William N. Reynolds, a son of Richard J. Reynolds, founder of the tobacco company by the same name, and the Duke Endowment, the city was able to secure a hospi tal for African-Americans. From future stars to All-Stars. Wake Forest Baptist Health offers athletes of all ages and skill levels a full range of orthopaedic treatment and physical therapy delivered by the region's most experienced sports medicine team. Our new Stratford location now has extended and weekend hours. And we're a proud partner of D1 Sports Training. To make an appointment with a physician or a physical therapist, call 888-716-WAKE or visit WakeHealth.edu/SportsMedicine. Wake Forest? Baptist Health A Mission to Care. A Mission to Cure. SPORTS MEDICINE 888-716-WAKE 1901 Mooney St. (off Stratford Road near Hanes Mall) 131 Miller St. A proud JjU| partner

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