Monthly Archives: February 2010

Longtime Sheltering Arms Supporters Watkins and Riddick to be Honored

With a history of more than 120 years, Sheltering Arms has many longtime supporters.  Two of its most generous and influential supporters, however, are Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick.  The two mainstays of Richmond theater were asked in 1957 to help Sheltering Arms create a new fundraiser.  The event they helped create, the Bal du Bois, continues to be an annual tradition, and Watkins and Riddick have designed the set for every one since its inception.

The two men will be honored this Friday night by the Woman’s Club, where many of their plays have been staged.  The evening will celebrate their decades of contributions to local theater.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch today ran a story on the upcoming event…

The evening will focus on the 22-year run of drawing-room comedies Watkins and Riddick staged at the theater of the Bolling Haxall House, the downtown Richmond home of the Woman’s Club for more than 100 years. But it’s more than that, said organizer Ann Belk and countless others who have known and worked with Watkins and Riddick through the years.

The evening is called “As Far As Love Can Reach,” and will feature nine love scenes from some of Watkins and Riddick’s most memorable plays.  It will take place at the theater at Bolling Haxall House.  For more about Riddick and Watkins, and for information on how to attend “As Far As Love Can Reach,” check out the article in today’s Times-Dispatch.


Sheltering Arms Valentine’s Day Surprise a “Mech Moment”

The Valentine’s Day surprise for patients at Sheltering Arms’ Hanover County inpatient hospital was named a “Mech Moment” by the Mechanicsville Local this week!  For more details on the surprise, read this post.  A scan of the image in the Mechanicsville Local is below!


Mechanicsville Local, February 17, 2010

A Valentine’s Day Surprise at Sheltering Arms

Valentine’s Day may be two days away, but the celebration was well under way at Sheltering Arms’ inpatient hospital at Memorial Regional Medical Center today.  A former patient arranged for a quartet to perform for our current patients in honor of Valentine’s Day!  Some pictures are below.  Click the images to see larger versions.



Read all about Sheltering Arms’ Stroke Accreditation in the Mechanicsville Local

The Mechanicsville Local, the weekly newspaper for the town of Mechanicsville, published a story this week about the new stroke rehabilitation accreditation for The Sheltering Arms Hospital.  The story is scanned and posted below.  Click it for a larger version!


News Release: Sheltering Arms Awarded Prestigious Accreditation for Stroke Care

(Richmond, Va.) – The Sheltering Arms Hospital has been given a rare honor that reinforces the high level of care its Inpatient Rehabilitation teams give to patients every day. The hospital received a ‘Disease-Specific Care Certification’ in Stroke Rehabilitation through The Joint Commission – with no requirements for improvement!

The certification and Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission means that Sheltering Arms’ Stroke Rehabilitation program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs throughout the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

“We’re thrilled with this honor, and I would like to thank our physicians, nurses and therapists for their hard work, leadership and high level of clinical competence which made this possible,” said Sheltering Arms CEO James Sok. “We’re told it is nearly unprecedented for an organization not to be asked to make changes in order to receive the certification, and that is a tremendous source of pride for us.”

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