Founded on Mother’s Day, 1924 as a hospital for children with polio, over the past 90 years Bacharach has become one of the leading destinations for serious care for stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries.
To commemorate 90 years of working to keep the community strong, we held a series of events, contests, raffles and giveaways in an effort to promote pride in a remarkable legacy.
Since January, Bacharach employees have been wearing buttons emblazoned with the motto “90 Years Strong.” We have dressed up as though it were 1924, and raffled a donated vacation to The Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas for 90 cents a ticket.
We had a 90-Cent-Lunch Day, and rounded up a team of 90 walkers and runners to participate in the Shirley Mae and Michael J. event. All of the fun culminated in a day-long birthday celebration and barbecue on May 9th, replete with birthday cake, picnic perfect weather, and a silly send-up of the somber Annual Mother’s Day Exercises. Our not-so-somber 90th will be remembered for many years to come.
As part of Bacharach’s 90th Year Strong Birthday Celebration, 90 walkers and runners from Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation participated in the 12th Annual Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk (our team photo appears at the top of this article). All proceeds from the event were donated to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund and Gilda’s Club South Jersey. The event, which took place on May 10, featured more than 2,500 participants and spectators and included a celebration of more than 250 breast cancer survivors.
Richard Kathrins, Ph.D., President and CEO of Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation gave the keynote address at what he thought was the 90th Annual Mother’s Day Exercise. Instead, we had some fun pretending to go back in time to the original opening in 1924. Skip Broomall played Harry Bacharach, Bob Speirs delighted the crowd with his cameo as the first nurse ever to be hired at the hospital, and we sang the newly minted Irving Berlin hit “God Bless America.” In the picture above, an unsuspecting Kathrins was interrupted by newsboy Donna Dykes with a “telegram” from President Calvin Coolidge.