An idea developed by two artists will brighten the chemotherapy rooms at Camden Clark Medical Center.
Artists Amy Ocasio of Parkersburg and Nancy Ballard of San Francisco, who reconnected on Facebook several months ago, starting talking about Ballard's project titled "Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo."
The goal is to transform drab chemotherapy rooms into warm, vibrant and peaceful environments through paint and designs, according to Ballard, founder/executive director of the nonprofit RTR4C. Ballard, with the help of designers and volunteers, has brightened two medical facilities in the San Francisco area and one in San Salvador in Central America that see 40,000 chemotherapy visits a year.
Ocasio believed the project was perfect for Parkersburg.
She contacted Kim Couch, executive director of the Camden Clark Foundation, who loved the Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo concept and got the approval of the leadership team at Camden Clark Medical Center to use it here.
Local hospital officials were so impressed they also approved spending $170,000 to remodel the nine chemotherapy rooms and conference room in the chemo unit on the second floor of Medical Office Building B. New furniture, cabinetry and carpet are part of the remodeling effort in the 5,000-square-foot area.
A $115,000 donation from the Camden Clark Medical Center Auxiliary will be used for the renovation.
Remodeling is expected to begin soon during the nighttime hours, when the chemo unit is closed, and be finished by Sept. 1. The unit sees about 120 patients a week.
After that, Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo designers, volunteers and artists will work their magic in painting the rooms and hanging local artwork. Their efforts will be finished by the end of September.
A botanical/landscape theme has been chosen for the CCMC rooms. Ballard is a botanical illustrator.
Ballard met with Ocasio, Couch and others interested in the RTR4C project last Saturday in Parkersburg, including a visit to the CCMC chemo unit.
Sponsors are needed to help pay for paint and other supplies in the rooms; sponsors can name the rooms. Contact Couch at 304-424-2200.
Artists interested in submitting paintings for the chemo rooms and adjacent areas can contact Ocasio, project manager, at 304-483-3265. She envisions a "soft spa" feel in the rooms.
The project is a "labor of love" for Ballard.
Family, friends and business people from the Parkersburg area helped to make Amy Reeder and Ronnie McCoy's wedding special in Charleston, S.C., on May 18. About 100 people from Parkersburg and former local residents attended the Reeder-McCoy wedding and reception at the historical Old Exchange Building at 122 East Bay St. in Charleston, S.C., Ronnie was born in Charleston, S.C., and moved to Parkersburg when he was 2 years old. During a vacation, Ronnie and Amy fell in love with Charleston's charm and decided to get married there. Accompanying Amy and Ronnie from Parkersburg to South Carolina were wedding planner Misti Sims from Little Black Dress Events; Pastor Jim Mike Ward of Pine Grove Baptist Church, who performed the ceremony; Jane Engelke of Elizabeth Michaels, which provided the formal wear; The Skin Studio, owned by Amy, provided the makeup; hair stylists Taylor Hughes and Tivoli Mead from Ultimately You salon; photographer Lindsay Husk; Crown Event Rentals, and Lindsey Smith from Yours Truly Invitations.
Singer/songwriter Matt Enik of Parkersburg, Amy McCoy's cousin, sang "Marry Me" and "I Wanna Grow Old With You." As a surprise at the reception, Ronnie's niece, Ava Cottrill, 5, sang "Country Roads."
Ronnie noted his new in-laws, Mike and Dinah Reeder of Parkersburg, "made sure we were able to have the most beautiful wedding and were a huge part of this day."
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