JEFFERSON —In the midst of turmoil and tragedy we all need a quiet place to reflect, and nowhere is that more true than Ashe Memorial Hospital.
Last week, AMH moved and rededicated its Wade Rose Memorial Chapel next to the front entrance of the hospital. The new spot is larger and easier for families and hospital staff to reach, according to Laura Lambeth, Ashe Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer.
“Chapel is an important part of any hospital, but particularly Ashe Memorial Hospital and the community,” Lambeth said. “We’re just delighted that we were able to move it and move it to the front of the hospital.”
The hospital held a ceremony to mark the move on Oct. 28. It was led by Hospital Chaplain Ricky Mitchell, Rev. David Blackburn and former nurse Rev. Martha Kincaid who all spoke of the importance of a hospital chapel for patient families.
“The chapel was a place of refugee, it was a sanctuary, it was a safe place where they could begin to deal with the situation at hand,” Kincaid said. “How wonderful it is that this chapel has been moved here to a more visible and accessible place in the hospital. When they come in the door, the first thing they see is the chapel.”
Plans to relocate the chapel have been in the works for about six months but was just relocated recently in October, replacing the hospital gift shop.
“I think it speaks volumes of the hospital that we decided that the chapel should be a big priority for us,” Ashe Memorial Chief Operating Officer Joe Thore said.
Lambeth said the chapel will continue to serve an important purpose for her hospital staff who often have to cope with heavy situations.
“We’ve had staff to go to the chapel for a quiet meditation,” Lambeth said. “When you’re providing care in a hospital, you’re dealing with a lot of death and dying and you see nurses coming down to the chapel to sit and have a quiet moment to reflect and that was another reason we wanted to move it.”
Remembering Wade Rose
The original chapel was dedicated in the early 70’s to Wade Rose who passed away in March of 1965. Rose was the basketball coach for Ashe Central High School and his passing came just two days after his team won the 2-A High School State Championship.
The chapel was rededicated in Rose’s honor during the re-dedication ceremony.
“He meant a lot to the community,” Thore said. “With the re-dedication of the chapel and what it means to our patients, staff and visitors, we’re are also able to draw attention once again to the life that Wade Rose had and the example he was as a young man.”
Rose and his wife Gwen had three children, Mary Virginia and John. He was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Catawba College.
He was a member of the Glendale Springs Presbyterian Church and was often recognized for leading many of the boys he coached to Christian life.
“He was just wonderful. Everything you’ve heard about him is very true,” Blackburn, who was coached by Rose, said.”I’m very pleased that Ashe Memorial Hospital is making a special commitment to him and the people of Ashe County by providing a chapel that’s larger and easier to come and find faith help.”
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.