75th Anniversary of Charter Oak
In 1941, Mary Gould opened Charter Oak Lodge as a mental health treatment facility. The hospital celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2016 with a special lunch program on May 10th. Long-term and "Employee of the Month" individuals were among the attendees who received special recognition during the event.
Rita Lancefield, daughter of Mary Gould, was the guest speaker. Accompanying Rita were her husband Robert Lancefield and niece Cynthia Marsh. Rita spoke about her mother's vision and dedication to providing a positive therapeutic environment for the young women who were the first patients at Charter Oak. Rita noted how gratifying it was to see that the work her mother started continues after 75 years.
The hospital presented Rita with one of two granite engraved plaques commissioned in recognition of Mary Gould and the founding of Charter Oak. One of the plaques will remain on display at the hospital, while Charter Oak Foundation will keep the other plaque. Charter Oak Foundation is a direct continuation of the lifework of Mary Gould. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations that serve high-risk populations. Cynthia Marsh, granddaughter of Mary Gould, is the President of the Foundation.
Following the event, Rita stated, "All three of us felt very gratified at the sense of continuation we felt. It is great to see that the dream lives on and is being so well nurtured. Thank you so much. I especially enjoyed experiencing the good spirit among the staff. I know that that does not come automatically, but is worked for every day. It is such an important model for those whom you are helping to move forward."
Aurora Charter Oak is dedicated to providing our community with mental health and chemical dependency education and treatment. Involvement with community health fairs, professional association events and trainings for healthcare providers are some of the ways we strive to meet this mission. We are a continuing education provider through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and The California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals
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