Stines honored in dedication of new Good Sam rehab unit

By Erin Nagy, Staff writer October 28, 2002
POTTSVILLE - Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center dedicated a rehabilitation unit on Sunday, knowing it will be part of a journey for injured people to return to normal life and naming it for a couple whose journey through life has touched many people.
The James M. and Margaret V. Stine Foundation Acute Rehabilitation Unit, blessed by the Rev. Thomas Siconolfi in a service Sunday, has been in operation since July 1.
"What begins here is a journey where (patients) begin to help (themselves)," said Gino Pazzaglini, CEO and president of Good Samaritan. "Jim was not a believer in giving hand-outs," he said about the late Alcoa executive and Good Samaritan board treasurer. "He believed in hand-ups: Help people help themselves; that's what this unit is about."
Stine's wife, Margaret "Peg" Stine, shares in the honor and attended the ceremony.
"I'd like to think we dedicate this beautiful unit today because of some of the work done by Jim," she said.
Located on the seventh floor of the hospital, the unit can accommodate up to 18 patients with 16 private and one semi-private rooms. It will provide acute rehabilitation for patients with brain injury, stroke, joint replacement, orthopedic injury, amputation, multiple trauma, spinal cord injury, neurological disorder, arthritis and burns.
Pazzaglini said the Stines have had a great impact on the area.
"The Stine family has done many, many good works in Schuylkill County, and very few people know (who they are)," he said. "That was intentional on their part."
The ability to offer residents a state-of-the-art facility is what motivated the Stines, Margaret Stine said.
"Inadequate rehabilitative services in Schuylkill County are forcing a growing number of residents to travel outside of the area for treatment," she said. "To respond, my family and I have chosen to respond to that need by helping this unit become a reality."
In addition to the Stines, Alcoa, First Union Bank, First Federal Bank and the Good Samaritan Auxiliary contributed to the unit, according to Pazzaglini.
"We are very excited to be able to provide such a facility for the physicians and patients of our community," he said. "What makes this place sacred are the people who work here . . . and the patients."

©The News Item 2002

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