May 03, 2012
Richmond, VA, May 3, 2012 – After a century of service to Central Virginia, Tucker Pavilion gathered elected officials, current and former staff and physicians, mental health advocates, hospital leadership and family members of the hospital’s founders to celebrate its service to those with mental illness.
“We are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone in the company of so many of the clinicians and caregivers who have made this century of service possible,” said Betsy Blair, Tucker Pavilion Chief Operating Officer. “Tucker Pavilion is committed to helping those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders to improve their health and wellness and strive to reach their full potential by providing the highest quality of care and service.”
As part of the ceremony, Senator John Watkins and Delegate Betsy Carr presented Tucker Pavilion leadership with Senate Bill 106 and House Bill 191, recognizing Tucker Pavilion’s century of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia in caring for those with mental illnesses. In addition, guests heard historical perspectives and personal reflections from members of the medical staff, past and present. The celebration concluded with a fanfare played by the Richmond Symphony’s Brass Quintet and a lawn reception.
Tucker Pavilion was founded in 1912 by Beverly Randolph Tucker, M.D., as The Neurological Sanatorium, a 7-bed hospital located on East Grace Street in Richmond. Since then it has grown into a 113-bed psychiatric hospital with a full range of acute inpatient behavioral health services for seniors, adults, adolescents and children.
Even early on, the hospital was at the forefront of health care and technology. For instance, in 1934, Tucker Hospital, as it was then known, was the first location in the United States to use an insulin coma as treatment. In 1954, Tucker Hospital was the first hospital in the Richmond region to have an air conditioner.
About Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals
Part of HCA Virginia Health System, CJW Medical Center’s Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals have 758 beds on two campuses. Chippenham Hospital, in the city of Richmond, offers a state-designated level III trauma center, The Levinson Heart Hospital and Tucker Pavilion. Johnston-Willis Hospital, in Chesterfield County, offers the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital and the Neuroscience & Gamma Knife Center. For more information or to select a physician, please contact 804-320-DOCS or visit www.cjwmedical.com.
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