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HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTRE AT CARRIGORAN HOUSE RECEIVES OUTSTANDING AWARD

The Irish Medical Times recently awarded the Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House with the 2016 General Healthcare Centre of the Year Award. The awards ceremony was held on March 11, in Dublin, Ireland at the Royal Marine Hotel. The guest list totaled more than 370 attendees, and the host for the event was Ireland’s award-winning radio and television personality, Marty Whelan. Established in 2002, the Irish Healthcare Award serves as a prestigious honor in the Irish healthcare industry.

Front row: Mary O’Dowd, Manager of Health & Wellness Centre and Deputy CEO of Carrigoran House; Mary Moynihan, Activities Coordinator; Patrick Donnellan, Transport Facilitator. Second row: Sr. Brenda Williams, CCVI; Kay Counihan, Volunteer Nurse; Florrie Chambers, Volunteer; Geraldine Doora, Director of Nursing and Valerie Vaughn, CEO

The Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House is a center that provides day services that benefit elders in a number of defined catchment areas of County Clare, Ireland. Elderly clients of the Centre enjoy an enhanced quality of life due to the healthy activities and events provided. It is one of the sponsored ministries of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas (CCVI). Under the leadership of Sr. Christina Murphy, CCVI, the Centre was opened on April 8, 2013, for use as a day center for the elderly as the latest addition to the continuum of senior services offered at Carrigoran House. The Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House is nurse-managed by Mary O’ Dowd, who is assisted by a number of staff and volunteers. The Centre’s various programs provide seniors with many options each day that include social, creative, fitness and leisure activities. There are intergenerational programs, information technology classes, and physical fitness exercises, among others. The Centre also routinely celebrates local and national events with lively receptions and fanfare.

More than 80 seniors visit the Centre weekly, and a recent survey reported a high satisfaction rating for all aspects of the Centre’s services including transportation, catering, activities, staff and volunteers. In addition to eldercare activities, the Centre also provides work placement support for student nurses from the University of Limerick, Fetac and transition year students from local colleges.

Front Row: Mary O’Dowd, Manager of Health & Wellness Centre and Deputy CEO of Carrigoran House; Sister Vicenta Miranda, ministry at Carrigoran House; Sister Gemma Stanford (seated), and Sister Brenda Williams, in ministry at the Health & Wellness Centre. Second row: Sister Kevina Keating, Congregational Leader; Sister Ignatia O’Driscoll, ministry at Carrigoran House; Valerie Vaughan, CEO of Carrigoran House; and Sister Sheila Sullivan, ministry at Carrigoran House.

Health support organizations such as Parkinson's, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the Irish Wheelchair Association are facilitated to meet regularly and engage in the activities the Centre has to offer (indoor and outdoor) using a social model of care. Evening classes are also held such as Yoga, Pilates and running which engage with our wider local community.

The Centre is currently developing a Strategic Plan for the next four years that will address the local needs of the Co. Clare community. The future of the Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House is one on continuing to meet the changing needs of the elderly in our local community through care services, educational and social engagement.

NEW AUTHOR, SR. HELENA OGBUJI, CCVI, ADDRESSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Villa de Matel, the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas, was the setting for the recent book signing of Sr. Helena Adaku Ogbuji’s publication entitled, Dealing Effectively with Domestic Abuse: The Ministry of Reconciliation and Healing. Sr. Helena is the Director of Novices in Kenya for the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas (CCVI).

Sr. Helena signing her book

The book signing was hosted by the CCVI Congregation and attended by several of its Sisters from El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya and the U.S. The well-attended event opened with congratulatory remarks by Congregational Leader, Sr. Kevina Keating.

“We are proud to congratulate Sr. Helena on the completion of this publication on a timely topic. To ‘incarnate the word’ is very much aligned with being a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word,” she said.

Sr. Helena studied at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Sr. Alice Mary Buckley, Assistant Congregational Leader, conveyed congratulatory remarks received from Sr. Helena’s advisor at Aquinas, Sr. Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P., Ph.D. Sr. Mallon wrote the forward for the book and expressed, “It is with great pride and pleasure that I send this note of congratulations to Sr. Helena (Adaku) for her wonderful achievement. Her courage and conviction in reflecting on how the Church in Africa might more effectively serve those women who suffer in their marriage relationships is a great step forward.”

Sr. Kevina Keating, CCVI, Congregational Leader, celebrates with Sr. Helena

Sr. Helena informed her guests of the importance of shedding light on domestic abuse in order to provide a method of healing for both victims and abusers. The book signing was followed by a reception and festive meal that included lively exchanges, more congratulations and celebration of Sr. Helena’s great achievement.

Sr. Margaret Bulmer, Director of CCVI’s Social Concerns ministry said, “The First Principle of Catholic Social Teaching is the dignity of each human person. Those who are abused have their dignity taken away and suffer immensely as a consequence. A book such as Sr. Helena’s will do much for many to bring about healing and restore a life of dignity to those abused. Congratulations Sr. Helena, well done.”

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