St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Healthcare Day
August 14, 2005


With the Archpastoral Blessing of Diocesan Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, in 1999 the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels held the first Service of Thanksgiving in appreciation for work of emergency medical providers. Ambulance services and emergency medical providers in the area were invited to have ambulances blessed at the conclusion of the service. This expression of appreciation was scheduled in August in connection with the liturgical celebration of St. Panteleimon the Healer and Martyr.

Each successive year since 1999, the St.George Church has recognized and expressed appreciation to emergency medical providers. This time of annual thanksgiving was expanded to include acknowledgement of the work of all healthcare providers.

The establishment of Parish Nurse Practitioner Office as part of the St. George Church solidified the importance of healthcare in the parish.

This year on August 14 Healthcare Day was celebrated. Prayer were offered during the Divine Liturgy for living and departed parishioners engaged in and contributing to healthcare services.

A dinner and program was held following the Divine Liturgy. Area ambulance services were invited. Special appreciation goes to Mr. Rick Adobato, Director of Fayette County Emergency Medical Services, and his employees who each year are represented at St. George Healthcare Day.

Millicent "Mitzie" Hunchuck, Parish Nurse Practioner, spoke at the dinner and joined with Aaron Carson, Brownsville Hospital Nurse Christina Sivak, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, and Ruby Memorial Hospital Nurse Larissa to read the lives of medically related saints from St. Nicholai's Prologue from Ochrid. The lives of St. Panteleimon, Sts. Cosmas and Damian and St. Luke were read.

Sonia Janson directed the St. George Choir during the Divine Liturgy. Reader George Ben Gapen read greetings at the program from Registered Critical Care Nurse Scott Newton, University of Maryland Medical Center.

Parishioners of the St. George Church are recipients of healthcare services during the year and take time to express appreciation to the providers each year. Healthcare Day at the St. George Church is an important part of the Church year and gives focus to the lives of the saints making a difference in health of believers.


Fr. Rodney Torbic

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