New homes have been found for important art, religious artifacts and other items at the former Good Samaritan Hospital.
Officials with Premier Health, parent company of the hospital that closed in July, shared details of some of the new locations Monday evening with elected officials, donors, the Sisters of Charity and other members of the community.
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“There’s been a lot of pride in those places that have received items from Good Samaritan,” said Mary Garman, chief operating officer at Miami Valley Hospital North in Englewood.
Garman said the items that belonged to the Sisters of Charity were returned to the religious order, which founded the hospital. There was a committee to find a new home for the important art and artifacts led by Sister Carol Bauer of the Sisters of Charity.
“There have been millions of dollars worth of items that have been given to the community or shared throughout the community and I think it is really important to carry on that legacy of Good Samaritan,” Garman said.
The Good Samaritan statue, one of the most prominent items, will be moved to the Miami Valley Hospital North campus. Garman said they are working with a landscape architect and are designing its placement.
Smaller versions of the Good Samaritan statue will be made for display at each of the Premier Health chapels.
A decision has not yet been made, however, on where the chapel contents and structural components will go, such as its shell stone walls, stained glass windows and woodwork.
Artwork commissioned by the Sisters of Charity in the early years of the hospital has been returned and will be a part of the Sisters of Charity art collection at the Motherhouse at Mount St. Joseph near Cincinnati. Some crucifixes also went to the Sisters of Charity and to local parishes.
The Madonna and Child statue also is now at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse.
The cross and Good Samaritan tapestry are in the Meditation Room at the Miami Valley Hospital North Campus.
The 14 oil paintings that depict the Stations of the Cross that were painted on copper plates were given to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Centerville.
The grand piano that was in the Good Sam chapel for 15 years is now at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton. The piano that was in the Heart and Vascular lobby is now in one of the lobbies of the Miami Valley Hospital North campus.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton statue is now at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School in Cincinnati.
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