Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Janice Foley is Top of the Tree Honoree at Lights for Life Celebration

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, together with the Fauquier Health Foundation, will hold the annual Lights for Life Ceremony and the Donor Recognition Reception on December 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
All Foundation donors and Lights for Life donors are invited to participate in the festivities.

Welcoming remarks will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Lights for Life Ceremony, which will be viewed indoors this year. You can honor a special person or remember a loved one by placing a light on the spruce trees atop hospital hill to shine throughout the holiday season.

This year’s honoree will be Janice Foley, a registered nurse who worked at Fauquier Hospital from 1971 until 2008. Janice tended patients in the Emergency Department and in the Employee Health, Outpatient Special Procedures and Volunteer departments.

During her long tenure as a Fauquier Hospital nurse, Janice was honored with the Ruth Krusie award, the hospital’s highest honor, for “excellence in nursing.” Janice has lots of great stories to tell about the early years of her nursing career. She remembers a time when there was a shootout at a big country music concert in town. “I saw someone was shot, so I started to jump down and help. Bullets were flying. My husband pulled me back and said, ‘You can’t do that!’ ”

Janice’s friend and fellow nurse Bernice Pearson said with a smile, “Yes, Janice was one of those ‘eager’ nurses.”

Janice remembered another dramatic moment from the years when there wasn’t always a
doctor present in the Emergency Department. She and Bernice were working in the ER when they heard someone outside calling for help. They found a man hanging on to the wall in the parking lot. He had been shot in the leg and was AWOL from the service. They brought him in. Janice said, “We didn’t have any security back then. We figured if they can make it as far as the parking lot, that’s good enough for us.”

Janice and her husband Charles have two grown children and two grandchildren. She is a
member of Warrenton Baptist Church and is an active member at the church, a past member of the Christian Women’s Club.

Janice currently spends most of her time in North Carolina tending to her mother and in Richmond with her grandchildren.

1 comment:

Edward Payne said...

Warrenton is a better community because of Ms. Foley. Great post.