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Park View nurse alumnae celebrate 105th anniversary

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NCC nursing instructor Courtney Calhoun, right, a former Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association scholarship recipient, stands with Park View nursing alumna Beverly Griffin, who organized the association’s 105th anniversary event.

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From Staff Reports

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association recently celebrated its 105th anniversary at a luncheon at The Main Course at Belmont.

More than 50 people attended the event, including 31 former Park View nurses.

Nash Community College nursing instructor Courtney Calhoun was the keynote speaker.

“The Park View nurses are the history and foundation of nursing in our area,” she said. “Without them, the history of nursing in this area could be lost.”

Calhoun was a recipient of the Park View Nurses Alumnae Scholarship. Upon graduating from NCC with an associate degree in nursing in 2013, she completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing education at UNC-Wilmington. Calhoun plans to pursue a doctorate of nursing practice at Gardner-Webb University in the fall.

“I could not have paid my tuition at Nash Community College without the gift of the Park View scholarship, and for that I will be forever thankful,” she said. “The scholarship has come full circle, as I am now teaching at Nash Community College — where my career began in nursing.”

In addition to Calhoun, Anne Battle Poole and Patty Collins shared remarks at the luncheon. Poole is the daughter of the late Dr. Newsom Battle, a surgeon, and the late Dr. Margaret Battle, an obstetrician-gynecologist, who was the first female physician in Rocky Mount.

A candle-lighting ceremony also was held during the celebration in memory of the nursing alumnae who passed away in the past year. A special vocal performance was provided by Kennedy Miller, a UNC-Wilmington honors scholar and granddaughter of Carolyn Shearin, a Park View alumna.

Park View Hospital opened its doors as a 25-bed facility on July 1, 1914. Hospital staff served both locally and throughout the world during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and during four wars. The hospital was the largest in Rocky Mount and the surrounding community. The hospital closed in 1971 with 145 beds and patients were transferred to Nash General Hospital, now Nash UNC Health Care.

Contributions commemorating the anniversary support the Park View Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Scholarship, which was established in 1989 at Nash Community College by the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Association.

For more information about the scholarship fund, contact Pam Ballew at 252-451-8329 or phballew947@nashcc.edu.

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